In 1950, it was Uruguay that ransacked the Maracana stadium in Rio and brought Brazil to its knees.

Those players were never allowed to forget what had come to pass, but at least now, their transgressions may be temporarily forgotten.

This current generation has grown up with the knowledge it would have the opportunity to avenge that day, but instead it wrote a new chapter of humiliation into the history of Brazilian football.

From the very moment Germany opened the scoring through Thomas Muller in the 11th minute, Brazil's world began to unravel.

This was not just a beating. This was a merciless destruction, not just of a football team but of a nation's football heritage.

Within 18 first-half minutes, Germany had delivered a barrage so deadly that Brazil never stood a chance of recovering.

Miroslav Klose became the World Cup's all-time leading scorer with 16 when he netted his side's second goal, firing home the rebound after Julio Cesar had saved his initial effort.

A minute later it was 3-0 -- Toni Kroos thumping home from the edge of the penalty area as Brazil imploded.

With Brazil floored, Germany's ruthless streak came to the fore with Kroos adding his second after a one-two with Sami Khedira.

Germany's players didn't know whether to celebrate or laugh -- in the end, they didn't even celebrate, given the embarrassing ease with which they scored.

It was Khedira who made it five, finishing coolly after a neat interplay with Mesut Ozil to leave Scolari's men decimated.

Booed off at the interval, there was little to cheer about in the second half with substitute Andre Schurrle's 69th-minute strike rubbing salt in Brazilian wounds.

As Brazilian fans began to leave Estádio Mineirão in Belo Horizonte, Schurrle netted a spectacular seventh to inflict the nation's heaviest ever defeat.

Oscar's late effort reduced the deficit to a mere six, but not even he could bring himself to celebrate, such was the embarrassment.

The final whistle brought relief -- not just for those in yellow on the pitch, but for those who had suffered with them on the field.

While Germany celebrated reaching the final for the first time since 2002, Brazil's player were left inconsolable with grief.

Tears flowed, heads were bowed, but perhaps in time, those players will come to realize that they were simply not good enough.

For Brazil, it is a lesson learned. For Germany, it is the latest chapter in what could be a glorious story.

"We need to stay humble," said Germany coach Joachim Low. "We have to stay concentrated until Sunday.

"We're obviously going to celebrate a bit, but we have to start focusing right away on the next match.