Luiz Felipe Scolari apologised to the people of Brazil after they were humiliated 7-1 in the World Cup semi-final by Germany.
Brazil were 5-0 down at half-time after Thomas Muller, Miroslav Klose, Toni Kroos (2) and Sami Khedira scored in a remarkable 18 minute spell.
Andre Schurrle added two more after the break and Brazilian forward Oscar responded in the final minute as the host nation were booed off the field.
This is Brazil’s first competitive defeat at home in 63 matches and their first on home soil since a loss to Peru in the Copa America in 1975.
Scolari, who insists he will not resign after this shameful defeat, said: ‘My message is, to the Brazilian people and fans, that we did and we tried to do what we could.
‘Please excuse us for this mistake. I’m sorry we couldn’t get to the final. This is a catastrophe.
‘It’s probably the worst moment of my career. This is the worst day of my life, but life goes on.
‘I’ll be remembered probably because I lost 7-1, the worst defeat Brazil have ever had, but that was a risk I knew I was running when I accepted this position. Life goes on. That’s what I’ll do.
‘We did what we thought was our best, and we lost to a great team that had the team, in six or seven minutes, to end the game with three or four goals in extraordinary manner.
‘I can tell you that, after the first goal, we had a problem and, with the skills of a team who have been working together for a long time, they capitalised on it.
‘We will continue working and honouring what our team means for the third place match in Brasilia. ‘I’d like to thank the supporters for supporting the players despite us losing by five, six, seven. It was interesting to see that happen.’
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