Fans view historic German victory at Wendel's
By Ted Chen, The China Post
July 10, 2014, 12:01 am TWN
A considerable crowd of soccer fans and revelers braved the 4 a.m. World Cup live broadcast schedule on Wednesday morning at Wendel's German Bakery & Bistro to witness the humiliating and crushing 7-1 victory over Brazil by Germany.
On this occasion BBC Sport's Gary Linker's comment that "Football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win," rang true at the showdown at the Estadio Mineirao.
The subdued mood at the venue quickly shifted as the crowd erupted in cheers when Germany's Thomas Muller scored the first goal at the 11-minute mark of the match. Sparked with excitement, the crowd cheered in disbelief as Germany laid on a barrage of four additional goals against Brazil within the first 30 minutes of the match at the 23-minute, 24-minute, 26-minute and 29-minute marks.
Spectators commented that Brazil had grown despondent, and lost morale in the contest after the second and third goals were scored. A number of spectators at the venue cited the loss of star striker Neymar da Silva Santos Junior, who was sidelined by a spinal injury, and team captain Thiago Silva's yellow card suspension as the primary culprits of Brazil's disastrous performance.
A couple wearing yellow in support of Brazil left the venue at around halftime, while another couple embraced to celebrate Germany's considerable lead.
Revelry at the venue grew more elevated as fans supporting Germany gorged on Wendel's stellar World Cup menu and extensive selection of fine brews and wines in addition to the German team's unbelievable performance of near back-to-back goals.
In addition its comfortable indoor seating, Wendel's features rows of outdoor tables under a spacious canopy. (Wendel's) strives to bring distinctive dishes during each World Cup season, said the venue's proprietor, Michael Wendel. Wendel stated that the tournament has always brought a boost in business, and that the number of soccer fans has been expanding markedly in Taipei.
Germany scored two additional goals at the 69-minute and 79-minute marks, leading by 7-0 with only 11 minutes remaining out of the 90-minute game.
"Lucky Eight! Lucky Eight!" chanted the insatiable German team supporters who hungered for more goals from their team, despite an astonishing 7-0 lead toward the end of the match.
The eighth goal of the match was scored by Oscar dos Santos Emboaba Junior at the 90-minute mark, as the Brazilians attempted to renew their attack in the final two minutes of extra time allotted by officials.
"We are witnessing history right here!" exclaimed avid soccer fan Kai Speth to the more casual followers of the sport at the venue. "You will not see a victory like this! This one is for the history books," he added.