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5 high- and lowlights of most memorable World Cup

In this June 28, 2014 file photo, Colombia's James Rodriguez shoots to score his team's first goal during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Colombia and Uruguay at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. James Rodriguez’ volleyed goal for Colombia against Uruguay, controlling the ball with his chest, letting it drop and then hammering in with his left foot, all while turning to face goal, was poetry, the timing exquisite. It will be many fans’ goal of the tournament. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, File)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Marcelo looked wide-eyed, stunned when he scored the first goal of the World Cup … against his own team. Hardly the most auspicious of starts for Brazil. But that blooper just 11 minutes into the tournament was soon forgiven and forgotten as Brazil went on to win that opening game and the 2014 tournament quickly flowered into a roaring success, confounding doom and gloom merchants who predicted Brazil couldn’t pull it off without major protests and problems.

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Column: Disaster’s branding iron burns Brazil anew

Brazil soccer fans wearing their team's colors Brazilian react as they watche their team play Germany in a World Cup semifinal game via live telecast inside the FIFA Fan Fest area on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. Germany handed Brazil its heaviest World Cup loss ever with an astounding 7-1 rout in the semifinals that stunned the host nation. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) — Even for an 84-year-old tournament drenched in history, Germany 7, Brazil 1 — you read that right — will be remembered as one of the craziest World Cup matches ever. Because of the humiliation it inflicted on a great footballing nation, as one of the most painful to watch, too.

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