Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Paulinho played 45 minutes as Brazil were beaten 7-1 by Gerrmany in the World Cup semi-finals

A dejected Paulinho at full-time. Picture: Action Images

A dejected Paulinho at full-time. Picture: Action Images

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Spurs midfielder Paulinho came on as a half-time substitute as Brazil were beaten 7-1 by Germany in the first World Cup semi-final - the joint-worst result in the Selecao's history

Four goals in six first-half minutes saw Germany take complete control of the game race into a 5-0 lead inside half an hour at the Estadio Mineirao.

Thomas Muller put Germany ahead after 11 minutes and Miroslav Klose doubled the German's lead 12 minutes later - making the Lazio forward the leading scorer in World Cup history with 16 goals.

Two strikes from Toni Kroos in quick succession put Die Mannschaft 4-0 up.

Sami Khedira added the fifth to give Jochiam Low's side an unassailable lead before a second-half brace from substitute Andre Schurrle rounded off the win.

Chelsea midfielder Oscar struck a consolation goal in the 90th minute.

Paulinho replaced Fernandinho at half-time but any improvement in the scoreline after the break was largely thanks to Germany easing off the gas ahead of Sunday's final.

The defeat equals Brazil's worst-ever result, a 6-0 loss to Uruguay in 1920, and is the biggest semi-final victory in the history of the World Cup.

Brazil still have one more fixture to play - Saturday's third/fourth place play-off against the loser of Wednesday night's second semi-final between Argentina and the Netherlands.


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