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Jul 8, 2014

Reaction: Brazil, did that just happen?

Twitter was exploding during the World Cup semi-final as Germany embarrassed Brazil.

Heading into Tuesday's World Cup semifinal between Brazil and Germany, many wondered how the Selecao would perform without Neymar (injury) and Thiago Silva (suspension). But we don't know if anyone expected this -- Germany's 7-1 victory that sent them to their eighth World Cup final appearance.

Here is a sample of how the public responded, from start to finish:

Prematch

Neymar sent a message to his fans and teammates ...

... while his teammates made their own tribute:

First half

To start, the atmosphere was electric and pace fast:

And then ...

2014 FIFA World Cup semifinals: Brazil 1-7 Germany

Um, Mr. Lalas, are you referring to ... SET PLAYS?!

And thhhhen ... a little history:

But wait, there was more ... 3-0 Germany:

Um ...

The match then hit official OMG status:

Halftime: What the ...

Meanwhile, the lights went out in Rio ... including the ESPN set:

Second half: What now?

Miroslav Klose leaves the match in the 58th minute and the Brazilian crowd responds:

Fred, meanwhile, seemingly was receiving a different type of response from the hometown fans:

And the goals kept on comin':

That Ballack photo had a real short shelf life:

Unfortunately, there was a flood of "American football" jokes:

And more overall reaction to Germany's outing:

Brazil scores! The crowd rejoices (mockingly)!

Even the official ball of the FIFA World Cup is ...

FT: Germany 7, Brazil 1

Just like the #ThingsTimHowardCouldSave hashtag before it, #ThingMoreLikelyThanBrazilWinningTheWorldCup took the Twitterverse by storm:

And finally ...

While Brazil manager Luiz Felipe Scolari took the blame for the loss in his postmatch news conference, we all know where the fault really lies:

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