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The host national capitulated in emphatic style as Germany ran out 7-1 winners in Tuesday's semi-final - but who or what do you think was key in the record-breaking defeat?

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The inquest has begun as hosts Brazil mourn their humiliating 7-1 defeat to Germany in the World Cup final - but who is to blame?

David Luiz was the target of much of the post-match criticism after losing his man and finding himself out of position for a number of Germany's goals, most notably Thomas Muller's first and as Andre Schurrle added a sixth.

Luiz Felipe Scolari's team selections have been questioned for much of the tournament, with the continued presence of an ineffectual Fred and the lack of an adequate replacement for the injured Neymar on Tuesday night damaging Brazil's attacking threat.

Talking of the hosts' golden boy, was Neymar's absence key? The Barcelona striker was ruled out of the remainder of the World Cup after breaking a vertebra following a clash with Colombia's Juan Zuniga in the quarter-final win over Colombia.

Another absentee was captain Thiago Silva, who was suspended for a needless yellow card in the quarter-final - was his presence in a disorganised defence felt most?

Hulk is another who has struggled to perform at the tournament, playing on the left of a front three but failing to score in six games.

Fernandinho was the first player sacrificed by Scolari on Tuesday night, coming off at half-time, so is he Brazil's scapegoat?

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So why do you think Brazil capitulated in such emphatic fashion? Are the names above to blame or is there someone of something else to point the finger at?

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