Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari asked for forgiveness from his countrymen on Tuesday after his team’s historic World Cup thrashing by Germany.
“We ask for forgiveness,” a shellshocked Scolari said after Brazil were torn apart 7-1 in their semifinal meltdown.
“To the people, please excuse us for this negative mistake.”
The winning coach took full responsibility for the performance. and I am to blame for this result,” he said.
“I’m sorry we could not reach our goal. The fans supported us even when it was five, six, or seven down to Germany.
“It’s not normal to concede four goals in six minutes but it can happen.
“Even Germany couldn’t believe what was happening.”
“Apologies to everybody, apologies to all the Brazilian people,” said a tearful Luiz after the mauling in Belo Horizonte.
“I just wanted to see my people smile. We all know how important it was for me to see all of Brazil be happy, at least because of football.
“They were better than us. They prepared better. They played better.
“It’s a very sad day but it’s also a day from which to learn.”
The 7-1 drubbing was the worst defeat ever suffered by Brazil in their 100-year history.