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Maradona mocks humiliated Brazil
Diego Maradona celebrated Brazil's humiliating 7-1 World Cup semi-final defeat to Germany by singing a song used by Argentina supporters to poke fun at their South American neighbours.
Hosts Brazil were thrashed by Germany in Belo Horizonte and further salt was rubbed into the wounds when Miroslav Klose became the most prolific striker in World Cup history, surpassing Ronaldo's record in the process.
Maradona said during his work as a pundit on Venezuelan TV that the Germans had "crushed" their opponents and the scoreline could have been even worse for the sorry Brazil team.
"I had not liked Brazil at any moment in the tournament, but I did not think Germany would be so convincing," Maradona said. "Brazil had no midfield, the defenders Dante and David Luiz never worked together.
"The most serious is that we have been saying that Brazil without Neymar have no play and today they just hit long balls. Germany always had the game in their hand. With the 6-1 [sic] I was about to call off the game because the [tennis] set was already over.
"They did not just roll over them, they crushed them. Every time they [Germany] passed half-way it was half a goal. If they paused, it was to just to tap the ball in. It is hard to pick out one player, as from the goalkeeper to their last substitute they did everything well."
Maradona also celebrated the result by adapting a song, which is being sung by Argentina fans in Brazil, and even his country's happy players earlier in the tournament.
The song uses the tune of Creedence Clearwater Revival's 'Bad Moon Rising' and usually begins Brasil, decime que se siente [Brazil, tell me how it feels], but Maradona changed this to Brasil, decime que se siete, with 'siete' being Spanish for seven. The same pun on the scoreline was also used by Argentine paper Ole in its report on the game.
There was understandably less merriment among the Brazil players after the game, with unused substitute Dani Alves telling AS he had never in his life experienced anything like that six minute period when Germany scored four times.
"I believe we lost the game in six minutes," Alves said. "In my 31 years I have never seen this difference between the teams, and conceded so many goals like that. It is the worst defeat of my career. That decided the game, I do not think there is much more analysis. Every one of us has our own responsibility to take on. Of course I am very proud of having formed part of this group. We gave everything we had."
Real Madrid's Marcelo, who had a torrid night at left-back, said everything had gone "black" for the players out on the pitch during that first half spell.
"It has been a nightmare, a horrible night, the worst of my career," Marcelo said. "The six minutes when they scored four goals were tremendous, the light went out, you saw everything black. We did not know what to do…"
Maradona's native Argentina take on the Netherlands in the second semi-final on Wednesday.