Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari called Tuesday the "worst day of my life" after his team suffered a stunning 7-1 defeat to Germany in the World Cup semifinals.
"The catastrophic result can be shared with the whole group, but the choice and who decided the tactical lineup — I did. The person who is responsible is me," the 65-year-old Scolari said, according to FIFA.com, after Brazil's first home loss in competitive play since 1975. "I think it was the worst day of my life, but life goes on. I will be remembered as the coach to lose 7-1, but I knew that risk when I took the job and life goes on so that is what I am going to do."
Distraught Brazil Fans
Brazil fell behind 5-0 in only the 29th minute and didn't score until the 90th.
"My message for the Brazilian people and fans is that we did what we could do and we did what we think was our best," Scolari said. "We lost to a great team with great skill that took six minutes to change the game with four goals in an extraordinary manner.
"Please excuse us for this mistake. We are sorry we could not get to the final and we will honor the team in the third-place playoff in Brasilia on Saturday."
Brazil will play the Netherlands-Argentina loser in the third-place match.
Scolari was the coach of Brazil's World Cup-winning team in 2002.
- Chris Mascaro