Beckenbauer: You could see the fear on Brazil's faces

The Germany legend feels Felipe Scolari's men already looked like they were about to fall apart before the game even started
Franz Beckenbauer was not surprised by Germany's heavy win over Brazil in the semi-finals of the World Cup and claims that you could already see the fear in the South American players' faces before kick-off.

Joachim Low's men found the net five times in the opening 30 minutes as they eventually cruised to a humiliating 7-1 win over the hosts to secure a final clash with Argentina.

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And Beckenbauer thinks the pressure got too much for the five-time World Cup winners.

"Before the semi-final, I had warned that the loss of Neymar and Thiago Silva would be hard to compensate for, even if the Brazilian team closed ranks,"Beckenbauer told Hindustan Times.

"I was certain that the Brazilians would have problems because in their five matches before Germany they had never been convincing.

"Brazil played fearfully. Their self-confidence seemed to have vanished and it looked like they had huge respect for the opponents.

"It appears that this side of brilliant individuals was overburdened by being cast as the favourites. You could see fear in the Brazilian players’ faces during the national anthem.

"They were singing with such fervour as if to buck up their courage. They put themselves under too much pressure, something visible in the way Julio Cesar and David Luiz held up Neymar’s jersey during the national anthem."   

Germany will meet Argentina in the final on Sunday as they are gunning for their first world title since 1990.