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Brazilians struggling to explain loss to Germany

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Photo - Brazil's David Luiz, left and Luiz Gustavo react after the World Cup semifinal soccer match between Brazil and Germany at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. Germany has routed host Brazil 7-1 and advanced to the final of the World Cup. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, Pool)
Brazil's David Luiz, left and Luiz Gustavo react after the World Cup semifinal soccer match between Brazil and Germany at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. Germany has routed host Brazil 7-1 and advanced to the final of the World Cup. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, Pool)
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BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) — Brazilians are having a difficult time trying to fathom how it all went wrong so quickly against Germany in the World Cup semifinals.

With the humiliating 7-1 loss still fresh in the public consciousness, players struggled to find explanations for the country's worst ever World Cup defeat. Brazil conceded four goals in a seven-minute span and trailed 5-0 at halftime on Tuesday, and never had a chance to mount a comeback at the Mineirao Stadium.

The dream of playing a home final at the Maracana was obliterated, and players knew they were going down in history for the wrong reasons at their home World Cup.

Dani Alves says "We are still trying to understand what happened."

Oscar, who scored a late consolation goal against Germany, said "It's difficult to explain."

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