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World Cup final -- Germany-Argentina

One semifinal brought an ocean of goals. The other featured precisely zero. But only one thing mattered in each: Germany and Argentina won, and now they will meet in the final of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Will the Germans, who routed the hosts 7-1, take the whole thing? Or will the Argentines, who won a penalty shootout against the Netherlands after 120 scoreless minutes, gut out another victory? Cast your votes!

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  • Which team are you rooting for in the World Cup final?

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  • Which team will win the World Cup third-place game?

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How do you react after a loss of that magnitude? Even a late goal couldn't save Brazil from experiencing their worst loss ever, a 7-1 drubbing at the hands of Germany that saw the home team give up five goals in one brutal 18-minute stretch in the first half. There were 36.5 million people who tweeted about the match, making it by far the most-discussed sporting event on Twitter. We're not going to subject you to all of them (don't doubt that we could -- we're very powerful), so here are the best reactions we found:

Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku, who scored against the U.S. in the knockout stages, posted this photo after Brazil scored their fourth goal:

British comedian Russell Brand tried to see the bigger picture at 5-0:

Dirk Nowitzki, obviously rooting for Germany, became less coherent with joy as the game went on:

One fan repurposed the World Cup's logo to represent Brazil's stages of grief:

ESPN's own Michael Ballack celebrated in the studio once the scoring had stopped:

At least one fan decided to blame a familiar target, although for once we don't think it was his fault:

Fans in the stadium reacted in various ways, from anguished disbelief ...

Brazil fanAP Photo/Bruno Magalhaes

... to clothes-rending frustration ...

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... to a kind of quiet resignation.

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For our money, however, the match was best-summed up by this 13-second spot by a German radio station:

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Germany routs Brazil in WC semis

In one of the most -- if not the most -- shocking results in soccer history, Germany jumped ahead of host Brazil 7-0 before cruising to a 7-1 victory. This puts the Germans into the World Cup final, where they will face the winner of Wednesday's Argentina-Netherlands semifinal. Which them will Germany face? Can anyone stop Die Mannschaft?

Which World Cup final do you want to see?

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With just four teams left, the 2014 World Cup in Brazil has been nothing short of breathtaking, featuring close match after close match and a number of top contenders pushed to the brink. And let's not forget the goals, of which there have been plenty of stunners. We've compiled the 12 best of the tournament so far. Which is your No. 1?

More: Pick 'Em: Who will win in semifinals? | Rank 'Em: Final four teams

Best Goals of World Cup

Tim Cahill

For Australia, vs. Netherlands

Giovani dos Santos

For Mexico, vs. Netherlands

Gonzalo Higuain

For Argentina, vs. Belgium

Jermaine Jones

For United States, vs. Portugal

David Luiz

For Brazil, vs. Chile

Lionel Messi

For Argentina, vs. Iran

Lionel Messi

For Argentina, vs. Nigeria

James Rodriguez

For Colombia, vs. Uruguay

Xherdan Shaqiri

For Switzerland, vs. Honduras

Wesley Sneijder

For Netherlands, vs. Mexico

Robin van Persie

For Netherlands, vs. Spain

David Villa

For Spain, vs. Australia

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World Cup semifinal predictions?

Four teams remain at the 2014 World Cup, and the semifinal matchups are pretty tasty: Host/favorite Brazil will face top European challenger Germany, while Lionel Messi-led Argentina will take on the storied Dutch. However, the absence of Brazil's Neymar -- who is out for the World Cup with a back injury -- puts a damper on that matchup. Who will reach the final? Who wins the whole thing?

More: Rank the final four World Cup teams

Which team will win this World Cup semifinal? (Brazil without Thiago Silva and Neymar)

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  • Which team will win this World Cup semifinal? (Angel di Maria out for Argentina)

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  • Would you be picking Brazil to beat Germany in the World Cup semifinals if Neymar were playing?

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  • Which team will win the World Cup?

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