Mats Hummels: 'We promised at half-time not to humiliate Brazil'

Germany's defender Mats Hummels celebrates his goal during a quarter-final football match between France and Germany at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on July 4, 2014
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Germany centre-back Mats Hummels reveals that they made a half-time vow not to further humiliate Brazil in their 7-1 semi-final victory over the World Cup hosts.

Germany defender Mats Hummels has revealed that they made a half-time promise not to further embarrass Brazil in their World Cup semi-final in Belo Horizonte.

Joachim Low's side led the hosts 5-0 at the break thanks to a brace from Toni Kroos and one goal apiece for Sami Khedira, Thomas Muller and Miroslav Klose, who broke Ronaldo's all-time tournament goalscoring record with his strike.

Andre Schurrle went on to add two more after the interval, with Oscar netting a consolation in a 7-1 scoreline, but Hummels has admitted that the Germans went easy on Brazil in the second period after pledging not to showboat or inflict more humiliation on the Selecao.

"We just made it clear that we had to stay focused and not try to humiliate them," he told reporters. "We said we had to stay serious and concentrate at half time. That's something you don't have to show on the pitch if you are playing.

"You have to show the opponent respect and it was very important that we did this and didn't try to show some magic or something like this. It was important we played our game for 90 minutes."

The result was Brazil's joint-heaviest World Cup defeat and the biggest semi-final loss in finals history.

Miroslav Klose of Germany celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup semi final against Brazil on July 8, 2014
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