Germany's midfielder Toni Kroos celebrates after scoring 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 / 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 semifinal victory but also countless critics back home as well.Annoyed by lingering accusations that he might have been largely to blame for Germany's lackluster semifinal 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. He snapped at a journalist who asked about why he sometimes disappeared in key matches for Germany.However, right now Kroos is just focusing on 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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