El World Cup Diario, Day 28: The show must go on

On the morning after the night before, the 200 million people of Brazil woke with a terrible hangover and hoped it had all just been a bad dream. Tonight, they told themselves, they would play Germany in the first semi-final of the 2014 World Cup and they would make histor… oh, it wasn't a dream. Sweet Jesus.

The whole world – bar Argentina and Holland – spent Day 28 picking over the wreckage of the previous night's historic, shambolic 7-1 surrender.

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