Germany destroyed the hosts Brazil in the World Cup semi-finals 7-1 on a crazy night in Belo Horizonte. Five goals in the first half were added to by second half substitute Andre Schurrle with Oscar pulling one back later in the game, but the star of the show was Bayern Munich's midfield maestro Toni Kroos.
Kroos, 25, stamped his place on Europe's big table last season when he single-handedly destroyed Arsenal in the first leg of their Champions League knockout game. His form all year has been astonishing and he did not disappoint this evening.
Germany's stunning victory was set up by four goals in six first-half minutes with Kroos grabbing two of them. He also assisted the opening goal from a corner as Thomas Muller's excellent movement allowed him to side foot the ball into the back of the net from just a few yards out.
Kroos was pulling the strings in midfield throughout the entire match, completing 93% of his passes and misplacing just five in total. Two of those five were long-range, too, so in truth he only misplaced three short passes which shows a clear dominance of the ball in midfield.
His heat map is equally as impressive, as he covered a huge portion of the pitch through midfield, from his own defence to Brazil's shaky backline. He completed dominated and showed the world precisely why Real Madrid are set to pay good money to take him to the Bernabeu.
He took three shots in the first half, scoring with the first two. His first was a beautiful left-footed half-volley from the edge of the penalty area that whisked into the bottom corner of Julio Cesar's net. The second was much easier and more reminiscent of a goal seen on Playstations around the world. A quick counter attack with Sami Khedira saw the pair play a fantastic one-two that bamboozled the Brazilian defence and left Kroos with an empty net to pass into.
Further to the attacking and controlling aspect of his game, Kroos won two out of the three tackles he attempted, with one just on the edge of the German penalty area and the other deep into Brazil's half, laying on more pressure on that terrible defence. That tackle in particular setup the attack that ended in Kroos scoring his second goal, in fact.
In more defensive work, Kroos made a block from range as Brazil became desperate to score.
All in all, it was a truly superb performance from the German. He was key to Bayern Munich's success last season and is equally as important to his country, showing exactly why tonight against Brazil.
He absolutely destroyed them with his constant pressing, excellent passing and killer instinct in the final third of the pitch.
A true masterclass of a performance on the grandest stage of them all.
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