Luiz Felipe Scolari and his Brazil players must now brace themselves for days, weeks and months of brutal post-mortem.
The 7-1 capitulation to Germany before a stunned Estadio Mineirao on Tuesday marks staggeringly unchartered territory.
This kind of thing is not supposed to happen in FIFA World Cup semi-finals. It is certainly not the sort of thing a host nation backed by millions should expect to endure. It is unthinkable that it happened to Brazil.
El Selecao's famous yellow shirts have never known such humiliation. Brazil's defeat on home soil to hand Uruguay the 1950 World Cup is widely regarded as the darkest hour for football's spiritual home - this must, surely, surpass it.
That loss prompted Brazil to ditch their then white kits in favour of the now iconic strip. It is perhaps a touch cruel to wonder what colours they might wear on their return to international action.
Before then, Scolari's fallen heroes will see the black and red hoops Germany sported in Belo Horizonte in their nightmares, fizzing past them at blurring intensity.
Joachim Low's team were sensationally ruthless, barring a 20 minute spell in the second half when they eased off and appeared to take pity on their opponents - arguably the most galling aspect of all for Brazil and their supporters.
For those in yellow it felt like a bad dream; for the German contingent it was beyond wildest fantasy. Nothing in Belo Horizonte felt grounded in realism.
But paradoxically, it was a night when reality dawned for Brazil. A night when uncomfortable truths buried amid a month of fervent support, spine-tingling national anthems and five matches unbeaten reared their grizzly heads in unison.
Much of the pre-match build-up focused on the injury absence of Neymar - Brazil's golden boy who illuminated the group stages with four goals, suggesting he might be ready to join his country's footballing immortals.
At 22, he still might, but the Barcelona forward will need a better supporting cast.
It feels most un-Brazilian that they missed a rock-solid centre-back more than their star playmaker against Germany.
Thiago Silva's needless booking in the 2-1 quarter-final win over Colombia felt like folly at the time, as a team with obvious flaws faced up to tackling a formidable opponent.
Some risibly shambolic defending from an 11th-minute corner allowed Thomas Muller to open the scoring in a manner that would be hard to imagine on captain Thiago's watch.
David Luiz took the armband in his defensive partner's absence and caved in under wave after wave of German attack. His team-mates followed suit, making keeping their opponents at bay appear even more difficult than keeping count of the scoreline.
Fernandinho's introduction into Scolari's starting XI mid-tournament gave Brazil much-needed drive in midfield, but the Manchester City man erred badly on two goals and flailed beneath the waves as Toni Kroos inspired Germany to glorious heights.
By the second half, the boo-boys settled upon their scapegoat - a shockingly sub-standard Fred. The sight of the Fluminense forward flailing in trying to fill the boots of greats such as Ronaldo was truly sobering.
Scolari went as far as he could with a limited group before being undone by a side seemingly destined for greatness. He is unlikely to hear too much of such conciliatory tones.
It is unfortunate that Germany's utter brilliance takes second billing. Miroslav Klose's strike to become the leading World Cup goalscorer of all time is somehow a footnote.
But Low's men deserve the highest praise for seeing through Brazil's status and reputation - South American colleagues Chile and Colombia were undone by failing to do so in previous rounds - and paving the way for a Sunday night in the Maracana when they can write their own headlines and history.
0 - 1
0 - 2
23' M. Klose
0 - 3
0 - 4
0 - 5
0 - 6
0 - 7
1 - 7
|Coach: Luiz Felipe Scolari|
for Fernandinho 46'
for Hulk 46'
for Fred 70'
|Chiriches joins Napoli from Spurs|
|Mihajlovic pleased with Milan improvements|
|Injured Chiellini to miss Supercoppa|
|Newcastle complete Mbemba swoop|
|Blackpool protest incurs FA fine|
|Scottish Premiership Preview: Dons seek to run Celtic closer|
|Paris Saint-Germain v Lyon: Ibrahimovic ready for season opener|
|Wolfsburg v Bayern Munich: De Bruyne centre of attention|
|Real Madrid 0 Milan 0 (10-9 on pens): Real lift second International Champions Cup|
|De Bruyne a doubt for Supercup clash|
|Reine-Adelaide needs time to blossom, says Walcott|
|Rodgers will not rush Ibe development|
|Napoli not interested in selling Higuain - De Laurentiis|
|Wilson agrees Bournemouth extension|
|Messi makes early Barcelona return|
|Ibrahimovic: My next move will be a very big surprise|
|Van Aanholt backs Lens to shine|
|Besiktas complete loan move for Gomez|
|McClaren: No decision on Coloccini future|
|Kane, Kaka hail goalkeeper Rimando|
|Chung eager to become FIFA president|
|Yedlin open to loan move|
|Tigres not scared of River trip - Ferretti|
|MLS Preview: Wright-Phillips, Lampard set to debut|
|´A draw is good for us´ - River´s Gallardo confident of Libertadores success|
|Di Maria poised for PSG switch - Blanc|
|Franjic: Bring on Bangladesh, Tajikistan|
|Van Gaal bemoans De Gea situation|
|MLS All-Stars 2 Tottenham 1: Kane stunner can´t spare Spurs|
|Manchester United 0 Paris Saint-Germain 2: Van Gaal´s defensive frailties exposed|
|Tigres UANL 0 River Plate 0: Visitors lose Gallardo in Copa Libertadores final first leg|
|Penedo parts ways with Galaxy|
|Benitez backs Mihajlovic, Milan to succeed|
|Barnetta joins Union in MLS|
|Allegri critical of Morata´s attitude|
|Franjic targets more A-League glory with City|
|Beto undaunted by Super Cup clash against Barca|
|Advocaat upbeat despite another Sunderland flop|
|McClaren praises Newcastle recruit Mitrovic|
|Payet will improve West Ham - Bilic|
|Pulis confirms interest in Lambert|
|Deila expects tough test in Baku|
|Drogba mobbed by Montreal Impact fans|
|UEFA Champions League Review: Ajax spurn two-goal lead at 10-man Rapid|
|Sunderland´s struggles continue as Doncaster cruise to win|
|Mahrez and Nugent on target in Leicester win|
|Mitrovic tastes debut defeat for Newcastle|
|Celtic 1 Qarabag 0: Boyata snatches crucial win|
|Jablonec 0 Copenhagen 1: Verbic cracker gives Danes the edge|
|Norwich sign Wisdom on loan from Liverpool|
|UEFA Europa League Preview: Koeman plays down importance of Vitesse links|
|Schneiderlin keen to learn from experienced duo|
|Mandzukic´s maiden Juventus goal seals win in Poland|
|Fofana completes Bastia loan|
|Deila delighted that Gordon pledges future to Celtic|
|Grenier ruled out for four months|
|Rooney: United squad ready for title challenge|
|Messi and Neymar available for start of season|
|Szczesny seals Roma switch|
|Benitez cools Mourinho war of words|
|Filipe Luis vows to win back Atletico fans|
|Besiktas in negotiations over Gomez switch|
|Kishna seals Lazio switch|
|Diaby completes Marseille move|
|Platini is bad for FIFA - Prince Ali|
|Bilic keen to make further additions|
|Brady makes Norwich move|
|Southampton complete Caulker loan|
|Rummenigge feels Muller ´will never leave´ Bayern|
|Platini to stand in FIFA presidential election|
|Howedes to remain Schalke skipper|
|Albion sign Hull defender Chester|
|Lucescu defends Fred selection amid doping allegations|
|Fabregas still in love with Arsenal|
|Luis Enrique ´happy´ with Barca´s US trip|
|Mourinho optimistic over Cahill and Costa|
|River owe Tigres´ Esqueda - Mercado|
|Van Gaal expecting big season from Shaw|
|Begovic keen to challenge Courtois|
|Mourinho launches attack on Benitez|
|CONMEBOL ´knocked on a lot of doors´ to keep half-spot - president|
|America 0 Benfica 0 (3-4 on penalties): Primeira Liga champions finally win|
|Napoli striker Higuain ´untouchable´ - Gabbiadini|
|Arsenal´s friendly form will boost confidence - Wenger|
|Nagatomo-Melo swap possible, says agent|
|Chelsea 2 Barcelona 2 (4-2 on penalties): Courtois stars for Premier League champions|
|Eriksen calls for ruthless Spurs|
|Pulis praises Berahino attitude|
|Alderweireld confident of top-four finish|
|Villa ready for tough Spurs clash|
|West Ham edge win on Carrow Road anniversary|
|Kozak scores twice as Villa draw at Wolves|
|Stanislas brace leads Bournemouth past Yeovil|
|Watford slip to friendly defeat at Cardiff|
|Lukaku injury sours Everton win at Dundee|
|UEFA Champions League Review: Fenerbahce draw blank as Monaco impress|
|West Brom earn friendly win over Walsall|
|Vardy at the double as Leicester beat Burton|
|Atletico impress in win over Oviedo|
|Herrera sacked by Mexico after ´punch´|
|Gerrard, Keane and Bradley pull out of MLS All-Star squad|
|Marseille reach Diaby agreement|
|Sammer thrilled with Vidal´s winning mentality|
|Platini expected to launch FIFA presidency bid|
|Romanov sacked me over Barca snub - Korobochka|
|Villa complete Crespo capture|
|Wolfsberger v Borussia Dortmund: Bender praises ´fun but exhausting´ training|
|Okaka swaps Sampdoria for Anderlecht|
|Southampton v Vitesse: Fonte excited for ´dream´ sojourn into Europe|
|Bournemouth agree King compensation|
|West Ham v Astra: Kouyate confident West Ham can progress|
|Vidal completes Bayern switch, signs four-year deal|
|Fabregas calls for Champions League improvement|
|BREAKING NEWS: Filipe Luis completes Atletico return|
|Bayern to present Vidal|
|Wenger unfazed by Mourinho´s spending jibe|
|Pellegrini: Sterling will justify price tag|
|Cavani hit with two-match Uruguay ban|
|Bonucci to remain at Juve until 2020|
|No bids for Berahino - West Brom|
|Putin: Blatter deserves a Nobel prize|
|Howe: Swansea a benchmark for Bournemouth|
|New Parma to play in Serie D|
|Mata vows to hit the goal trail at United|
|Drogba ´perfect fit´ for Montreal|
|Berahino ´not yet´ ready for Tottenham - Irvine|
|Romero lauds caring Van Gaal|
|Jese flying at Real under Rafa|
|Sampdoria unwilling to pay €10m for Balotelli|
|Mourinho talks up Arsenal title chances|
|Hull sign Ryan Taylor, Sam Clucas|
|Kane, Pochettino hail MLS All-Star test|
|Di Santo sorry for swift Werder departure|