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Scoring spree of severe margins stuns even Germany

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BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) — Chance after chance was offered, and the Germany players just kept on taking them with clinical efficiency to the degree that even they could scarcely believe the 7-1 World Cup semifinal win over Brazil.

Thomas Mueller opened the scoring in the 11th minute, and then Miroslav Kloser’s record-breaking 16th World Cup career goal triggered a four-goal frenzy in a seven-minute span as Germany took a 5-0 lead inside a half hour on Tuesday.

And this was against Brazil, the five-time champion, playing on home soil.

Mueller says Germany was allowed more space than against the defense-oriented teams and “took advantage of it superbly” to set a scoring record for World Cup semifinals.

Germany coach Joachim Loew said the Brazil lineup was so shocked it didn’t know how to respond.