Mesut Ozil has admitted he felt forced to apologise to Chelsea defender David Luiz after Germany’s infamous 7-1 win over Brazil at World Cup 2014.
Joachim Low’s side pulled off one of the greatest shocks in international football history as they thrashed the hosts on their way to winning the competition.
Goals from Thomas Muller, Miroslav Klose, Sami Khedira and doubles for Toni Kroos and Andre Schurrle did the damage with Brazil only managing to grab one back through Oscar in the 90th minute.
Ozil admits his team were surprised to have beaten Brazil by such a huge margin and revealed that after the game he felt obliged to apologise for the drubbing.
“Of course, all the players on the pitch were a little bit surprised. But after 20 minutes, 4-0 you can’t realise what has happened,” he told Arsenal’s YouTube Channel.
“If you lose a big game like that in your country and you see the fans crying, the players crying, you feel it with them. So I went to David Luiz and really apologised.”
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The 28-year-old also revealed what he said to Luiz, who was left in tears by the hammering as his country crashed out of the competition. Ozil said: “You have a nice country with nice people, and with what we’ve learned here, we’ve had a really good time.”
After beating Brazil in the semi-final Germany went on to lift the trophy with victory over Argentina in the final, thanks to an extra-time goal from Mario Gotze.