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The defender insists the Brazil players' careers will not be scarred by the embarrassing 7-1 thumping at the hands of Germany in the World Cup semi-final on Tuesday

Dani Alves does not believe the Brazil players' careers will be stained by the humiliating 7-1 defeat to Germany in the World Cup semi-final on Tuesday.

The hosts were crushed by Joachim Low's side and Alves, who was an unused substitute, insists the Selecao squad is made up of "champions" who will not be remembered for one humbling defeat in Belo Horizonte.

"No, I don't believe it is a stain on our careers," Alves told SporTV.  "It won't be stained by a single match, or by the elimination. Our fight, and where we reached, nothing can stain this.

"Football isn't just about one match. Competitions are made to compete, to try to go as far as you can. We were eliminated today, but in this group, there are only champions."

Meanwhile, midfielder Willian was at a loss to explain how Brazil fell to such a humbling defeat after they conceded five first-half goals to the rampant Germans on the way to the worst defeat in the national team's history.

Willian said: "Today is an inexplicable day to all of us. It's one of those inexplicable stories of football. Everything went right for Germany and wrong for us.

"Our goal was to make it to the final and go for the title. Unfortunately, we couldn't do it. Every player here has quality, all 11 that Felipao put out there have quality. Nothing went our way, but now we have to raise our heads and life goes on."