Miroslav Klose found perhaps the only way to make matters worse for Brazil.
On a night when Germany routed the host nation 7-1 in the World Cup semifinals, Klose also became the tournament's all-time record scorer _ eclipsing Brazil great Ronaldo.
Klose scored Germany's second goal in the 23rd minute for his 16th career World Cup goal in his fourth tournament. It broke the mark of 15 goals he shared with the retired Ronaldo, who watched the game in the stadium as a TV commentator.
Germany's forward Miroslav Klose celebrates after scoring their second goal during the semi-final football match between Brazil and Germany at The Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte on July 8, 2014, during the 2014 FIFA World Cup. (AP-Yonhap)
Klose scored after a corner by Toni Kroos. His first effort was parried by Brazil's goalkeeper Julio Cesar, but Klose calmly stroked the rebound home.
``We are a team and it shows on the field. It's also important that our set pieces bring results. Toni put the ball where it has to go,'' Klose said.
The 36-year-old Lazio striker also scored in Germany's 2-2 draw with Ghana in a group match when he came off the bench to get Germany back into the contest.
Klose was born in Poland but has always played for Germany. With 70 goals in 134 matches, Klose is Germany's all-time top scorer, having beaten the record previously held by Gerd Mueller.
He was the top scorer and Golden Boot winner at the 2006 World Cup in Germany with five goals. Klose also scored five goals in his first World Cup, in 2002. He scored four in 2010.