David Luiz can only apologise for Brazil's humbling defeat to Germany
Temporary Brazil captain David Luiz has offered a frank apology to the nation after their chastening 7-1 loss to Germany in the last four of the World Cup in Belo Horizonte last night.
The PSG defender told broadcaster Globo: "I just wanted to give some happiness to my people. To my people, who suffer so much already. Unfortunately we couldn't do it. I'm sorry, everyone."
"Sorry to all Brazilians. I wanted to see my people smiling. Everyone knows how important it was for me to make the Brazilian people happy, even if just because of football."
Luiz was at the heart of a shambolic home defence and captained the side in the absence of new club colleague Thiago Silva as the World Cup hosts endured arguably the worst night in their recent history.
The miserable host nation must now gear themselves up for a Third-Place play-off on Saturday in Brasilia, where they could even face old foes Argentina.