How do you react after a loss of that magnitude? Even a late goal couldn't save Brazil from experiencing their worst loss ever, a 7-1 drubbing at the hands of Germany that saw the home team give up five goals in one brutal 18-minute stretch in the first half. There were 36.5 million people who tweeted about the match, making it by far the most-discussed sporting event on Twitter. We're not going to subject you to all of them (don't doubt that we could -- we're very powerful), so here are the best reactions we found:

Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku, who scored against the U.S. in the knockout stages, posted this photo after Brazil scored their fourth goal:

British comedian Russell Brand tried to see the bigger picture at 5-0:

Dirk Nowitzki, obviously rooting for Germany, became less coherent with joy as the game went on:

One fan repurposed the World Cup's logo to represent Brazil's stages of grief:

ESPN's own Michael Ballack celebrated in the studio once the scoring had stopped:

At least one fan decided to blame a familiar target, although for once we don't think it was his fault:

Fans in the stadium reacted in various ways, from anguished disbelief ...

Brazil fanAP Photo/Bruno Magalhaes

... to clothes-rending frustration ...

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... to a kind of quiet resignation.

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For our money, however, the match was best-summed up by this 13-second spot by a German radio station:

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