From the Back Pages, July 9: Germany destroy Brazil’s final dreams with seven-goal battering

It was the night Germany removed the crown from football royalty. They did so with their own version of the beautiful game and, by the time they had finished, Brazil had suffered an ignominy that was so extreme and implausible it made it feel as though a black marker pen had been taken to the pages of their football history. (The Guardian)

Tuesday, 8th July 2014, 11:28 pm
From the back pages

Brazil vs Germany World Cup 2014: ‘Speechless!’ the Twitter reaction to Germany’s first-half demolition of the hosts. (The Independent)

Miroslav Klose is now the World Cup’s greatest-ever goalscorer. The veteran Germany striker notched his 16th goal at World Cup finals during Die Mannschaft’s first-half rout of hosts Brazil in Belo Horizonte. (The Mirror)

Louis van Gaal has made the right choices throughout Holland’s impressive World Cup campaign and ahead of the semi-final against Argentina here in Sao Paulo he faces another big decision: whether to risk his captain Robin van Persie. (The Telegraph)

CHELSEA striker and former Everton loan star Romelu Lukaku has aimed a cheeky dig at Arsenal and Germany playmaker Mesut Ozil on Twitter during the World Cup clash with Brazil. (The Express)

Nike to end 13-year kit deal with Manchester United at end of season as Adidas become frontrunners for £750m sponsorship. (Daily Mail)

Stage four offered predictability and unpredictablity in equal doses as Marcel Kittel took a third stage victory in four days while Chris Froome finished bruised, bandaged and reminded that not an hour of racing on the Tour de France can be taken for granted. (The Times)