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World Cup: Germany beats Brazil 7-1 in semifinal (Plus: Sad Brazil faces)

An emotional Brazil fan reacts after being defeated by Germany 7-1 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
An emotional Brazil fan reacts after being defeated by Germany 7-1 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
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An emotional Brazil fan reacts after being defeated by Germany 7-1 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
A Brazilian soccer fan cries as she watches Germany score against her team in a semi-final match at the FIFA Fan Fest during the 2014 soccer World Cup, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, July 8, 2014.
Bruno Magalhaes
An emotional Brazil fan reacts after being defeated by Germany 7-1 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
A fan of Brazil reacts during the semi-final football match between Brazil and Germany at The Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on July 8, 2014. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI
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An emotional Brazil fan reacts after being defeated by Germany 7-1 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
A Brazil soccer fan cries as she watches her team lose to Germany in a semifinal World Cup game on TV in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Bruno Magalhaes)
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An emotional Brazil fan reacts after being defeated by Germany 7-1 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
A Brazil soccer fan reacts in frustration as he watches his team play a World Cup semifinal match against Germany on a live telecast inside the FIFA Fan Fest area on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, July 8, 2014.
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An emotional Brazil fan reacts after being defeated by Germany 7-1 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
A fan of Brazil reacts during the semi-final football match between Brazil and Germany at The Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on July 8, 2014.
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An emotional Brazil fan reacts after being defeated by Germany 7-1 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
A Brazil supporter reacts during the World Cup semifinal soccer match between Brazil and Germany at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
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An emotional Brazil fan reacts after being defeated by Germany 7-1 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
A fan of Brazil weeps as she watches Germany score against her team in a semi-final match at the FIFA Fan Fest during the 2014 soccer World Cup, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, July 8, 2014.
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An emotional Brazil fan reacts after being defeated by Germany 7-1 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Fans of Brazil react during the semi-final football match between Brazil and Germany at The Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on July 8, 2014.
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An emotional Brazil fan reacts after being defeated by Germany 7-1 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
A fan of Brazil reacts during the semi-final football match between Brazil and Germany at The Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on July 8, 2014. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI
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An emotional Brazil fan reacts after being defeated by Germany 7-1 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
A Brazilian soccer fan cries as she watches a live telecast of the semifinals World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Germany in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday, July 08, 2014.
Bruno Magalhaes
An emotional Brazil fan reacts after being defeated by Germany 7-1 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Fans of Brazil react during the semi-final football match between Brazil and Germany at The Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on July 8, 2014.
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An emotional Brazil fan reacts after being defeated by Germany 7-1 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Brazil fans are devastated while watching the first half on Copacabana Beach during the 2014 FIFA World Cup semi-final match between Brazil and Germany on July 8, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The winner advances to the final at the famed Maracana stadium.
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An emotional Brazil fan reacts after being defeated by Germany 7-1 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
A fan of Brazil watches his team lose to Germany in a semi-final match at the FIFA Fan Fest during the 2014 soccer World Cup, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)
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An emotional Brazil fan reacts after being defeated by Germany 7-1 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
A Brazilian soccer fan cries as she watches her team get beat during a live telecast of the semi-finals World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Germany, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday, July 08, 2014. (AP Photo/Bruno Magalhaes)
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Germany handed Brazil its heaviest World Cup loss ever on Tuesday with an astounding 7-1 rout in the semifinals that stunned the host nation.

Miroslav Klose scored a record-setting 16th career World Cup goal in a five-goal spurt in the first half as Brazil's defense was torn apart. Brazil's previous biggest World Cup loss was 3-0 to France in the 1998 final.

The Germans will face either Argentina or the Netherlands in Sunday's final at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

Brazil was playing without the injured Neymar and suspended captain Thiago Silva.

Toni Kroos and Andre Schuerrle scored two goals each for Germany, while Thomas Mueller and Sami Khedira added the others.

Oscar pulled a late goal back for Brazil.

Did you watch?

We know you watched the World Cup. Probably at work. Why? Because Twitter is calculating your every tweet.  Tweets like the Vine of this poor kid watching his favorite team get clobbered by Germany: 

Here's a breakdown of geotagged tweets that mentioned key terms around the World Cup match between Netherlands and Costa Rica July 5. 

That map shows a total of 7 million tweets, according to Twitter data. 

Tweet from @TwitterData

This data points to a key question: Did you watch the World Cup on Tuesday? And was your boss OK with that? 

At KPCC, we watched. 

Tweet from Leo Duran

The Chicago-based global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas calculates lost productivity connected to the NCAA men's basketball tournament every year. In 2014, it said "companies stand to lose at least $1.2 billion for every unproductive work hour during the first week." 

But CEO John Challenger brings up a good point. He tells the Chicago Tribune: 

"If you're at your desk, watching the World Cup … if all the company cared about was the amount of work you did and the quality of the work you did, it wouldn't matter in the least. But that's not the way it is in most offices. Companies are still trying to figure out how to manage people in this era. … It (should be) more about how much people do and the quality of work they do, rather than when and where they do it. That changes how you think about people's performance."

During the 2010 World Cup, InsideView found that the U.S. lost $121 million in economic output. Yet Neal Taparia, co-CEO of Imagine Easy Solutions, says watching the World Cup at work boosts company morale. 

He writes in Forbes

Everyone at Imagine Easy has been drinking the World Cup Kool-Aid, and we encourage it. We make sure to play each of the World Cup games on a big screen in one of our conference rooms.

What's the vibe at your work? Is World Cup watching acceptable? Do you sneak it? Is there a viewing room? Are you more or less productive? Tell us about it! 

With contributions by the Associated Press.