Kroos celebrates after scoring. (AFP PHOTO / VANDERLEI ALMEIDA)
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Germany midfielder Toni Kroos not only silenced Brazil's fans with his scintillating performance in Tuesday's astonishing 7-1 World Cup semi-final victory but also countless critics back home as well.Annoyed by lingering accusations that he might have been largely to blame for Germany's lacklustre semi-final defeat by Italy two years ago at Euro 2012, Kroos played arguably the best of his 50 matches for Germany Tuesday.Man of the match after scoring twice against Brazil -- his first at the World Cup -- Kroos was directly involved in Germany's first four goals.The normally down-to-earth Kroos was still touchy about that criticism even after playing well in Germany's opening 4-0 World Cup win against Portugal.However, right now Kroos is just focusing Sunday's final against either the Netherlands or Argentina when Germany will try to win a fourth World Cup and their first since 1990 .
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