Belo Horizonte, Brazil - Social media goes mad as people from around the world react to Germany's record-breaking 7-1 mauling of Brazil in the World Cup semi-finals on Tuesday. Here's a look at what some of our more recognised football icons had to say...
"It will be difficult to recover. Some players I don't think will be back to wear the Brazilian shirt. It is wrong now to criticise the players. On the field, Germany taught us how to play football. We have to learn from that." - Former Brazil midfielder Juninho Paulista.
"What was that? Hard to believe." - Former West Germany captain and coach Franz Beckenbauer.Former England striker Gary Lineker tweeted this message:
"Seven-one is not a normal result between two world footballing powers. But football can be like that. Sometimes things happen that you don't expect, and that is why it is beautiful." - Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella.
In nigh on half a century of watching football, that's the most extraordinary, staggering, bewildering game I've ever witnessed.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) July 8, 2014
"It's a humiliating, terrible defeat. I'm holding back because we're suffering with them. Their World Cup is spoilt." - Former France left-back Bixente Lizarazu (Twitter)
Former Germany midfielder Did Hamann had this to say:
Master class from Germany. Clinical,organised, hard working,unselfish and humble. Very proud of the team. One to go.— Didi Hamann (@DietmarHamann) July 8, 2014
Former Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand said, "I would worry that the Brazilian players might never recover from this. Some might not be able to come back from this."
"A result that leaves us all surprised. Difficult, this moment, for the players and the people of Brazil. The important thing now (is) that peace reigns." - Colombia and Monaco striker Radamel Falcao (Twitter)
Arsenal and England winger Theo Walcott admitted he was "Speechless!!!!", while FIFA president Sepp Blatter posted this on Twitter:
I know a lot of people thought Germany but did anyone think it would be like this? Another reason why this has been the best WC in history!— bradley h friedel (@friedel_b) July 8, 2014
Congratulations to Germany on qualifying for a record eighth @FIFAWorldCup Final. http://t.co/2JiEWBzFuS
— Joseph S Blatter (@SeppBlatter) July 8, 2014