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The idiotic yellow card that eventually led to the most famous World Cup result ever

Germany hammered Brazil 7-1 in the 2014 World Cup semi-final but do you remember why Thiago Silva was suspended?

The scoreline 7-1 means only one thing to all football fans.

In the 2014 World Cup semi-final, Brazil capitulated in the most spectacular manner against Germany on home soil.

Without Neymar (injured) and Thiago Silva (suspended), the hosts were a mess in both attack and defence.

But do you remember why the centre-back had to watch that fateful game from the stands?

The moment Brazil’s fate was sealed

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The moment Brazil’s fate was sealed

Brazil progressed to the semis via a 2-1 win over Colombia in the quarter-finals.

Juiced up from a goosebump-inducing rendition of the national anthem, the samba boys raced out the gate and took the lead in seventh minute.

Captain Silva kneed the ball over the line from a Neymar corner the Colombians somehow failed to prevent bouncing in the six-yard box.

It was all going so well for the lad

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It was all going so well for the lad

Midway through the second-half, Silva once again marched forward for a set-piece.

David Ospina claimed the cross and looked to launch a quick counterattack with a kick downfield.

Silva, sensing the threat was significant, deliberately disrupted the Colombian keeper’s kick by walking between Ospina and the ball.

Brazil’s captain was successful in earning his team-mates time to get back and into position but it cost him a yellow card.

And, given that he knew a booking would mean a suspension, you have to say it was an serious error in judgement.

Don’t do it…

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Don’t do it…

Don’t do it!

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Don’t do it!

You did it…

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You did it…

Brazil appealed the yellow card out of desperation but it was upheld.

Silva had been leading a one-man mission in defence for Brazil all tournament.

His talismanic performances had somewhat masked Felipe Scolari’s side’s frailties.

Without him, the hosts’ organisational flaws were exaggerated ten-fold.

David Luiz and Dante were powerless to stop Thomas Muller, Miroslav Klose and co as Germany exposed the holes in Brazil’s defence with ruthless efficiency.

We’ve never got over Silva’s terrible clobber either

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We’ve never got over Silva’s terrible clobber either

We’re not suggesting Brazil would have won if Silva had played but they may have been saved the thrashing that has scarred the team’s reputation.

In trying to ensure his team’s place in the semi-finals, Silva all but secured their elimination.

It’s a cruel game at times.


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