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Luiz Felipe Scolari: This is the worst moment of my life

Published 08/07/2014 | 23:58

Brazil's Oscar (L) is comforted by coach Luiz Felipe Scolari after they lost their 2014 World Cup semi-finals against Germany at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte
Brazil's Oscar (L) is comforted by coach Luiz Felipe Scolari after they lost their 2014 World Cup semi-finals against Germany at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari admitted he had experienced the worst day of his life after his side slumped to their worst-ever defeat at the hands of Germany in the World Cup semi-final.

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Germany triumphed 7-1 on an evening of record-breaking in Belo Horizonte: the highest score in a World Cup semi-final, Brazil's biggest defeat after their 1920 6-0 loss to Uruguay, and a record 16th World Cup goal for Miroslav Klose.

Scolari said: "I think it's probably the worst moment of my life. I've lost other matches. When you lose 4-0 or 5-0, it's basically the same thing.

"Naturally, if I were to think of my life as a player, as a coach, as a teacher, this was the worst day of my life. But life goes on.

"I'll be remembered probably because I lost 7-1, the worst defeat Brazil have ever had, but that was a risk I knew I was running when I accepted this position. Life goes on. That's what I'll do."

Scolari admitted that the result was "catastrophic" for Brazil and said he took full responsibility.

A view of the scoreboard showing Germany's victory with a final score of 7-1 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao
A view of the scoreboard showing Germany's victory with a final score of 7-1 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao
Germany's Miroslav Klose celebrates after scoring his record goal
Thomas Mueller of Germany scores his team's first goal past David Luiz and goalkeeper Julio Cesar
Sami Khedira of Germany celebrates scoring his team's fifth goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao
Oscar of Brazil shoots and scores his team's first goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao
Toni Kroos of Germany (L) celebrates scoring his team's third goal with Miroslav Klose during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao
Miroslav Klose of Germany celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: Andre Schuerrle of Germany celebrates scoring his team's seventh goal and his second of the game during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
Toni Kroos of Germany scores his team's fourth goal and his second of the game during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao
A fan of Brazil reacts during their 2014 World Cup semi-finals against Germany at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte
Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer of Germany separates Thomas Mueller of Germany and Hulk of Brazil after a challenge in the box during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao
Thomas Mueller of Germany celebrates scoring his team's first goal past Julio Cesar of Brazil during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao
Miroslav Klose of Germany acknowledges the fans as he exits the game during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao
David Luiz of Brazil looks on after Germany's sixth goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao

He added: "Who is responsible when the team plays? Who is invited as the coach? Who is responsible for picking the team? I am. It's me.

"So the catastrophic result can be shared by the whole group. My players will tell you we will share our responsibilities. But who decided the tactics, I did. So the person responsible is me."

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