“Apologies to everybody, apologies to all the Brazilian people,” said a tearful Luiz after the mauling in Belo Horizonte.
“I just wanted to see my people smile. We all know how important it was for me to see all of Brazil be happy, at least because of football.
“They were better than us. They prepared better. They played better.
“It’s a very sad day but it’s also a day from which to learn.”
The 7-1 drubbing was the worst defeat ever suffered by Brazil in their 100-year history.
Germany’s shattering 7-1 humiliation of hosts Brazil in the World Cup semi-finals in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday broke or equalled multiple football records:
Brazil’s equal-heaviest defeat
Previous record: 6-0 (v Uruguay, South American Championship; Vina del Mar, Chile; September 1920)
Brazil’s heaviest defeat on home soil
Previous record: 1-5 (v Argentina, friendly; Rio de Janeiro; January 1939)
Brazil’s heaviest World Cup defeat
Previous record: 0-3 v France (final; Paris; July 1998)
Most goals conceded by Brazil at a World Cup
Previous record: Brazil 6-5 Poland (after extra time, last 16; Strasbourg, France; June 1938)
Heaviest defeat for a World Cup host nation
Sweden 2-5 Brazil (final; Solna; June 1958)
Mexico 1-4 Italy (quarter-finals; Toluca; June 1970)
South Africa 0-3 Uruguay (group phase; Pretoria; June 2010)
Equalled the most goals conceded by a World Cup host nation in a single game
Previous record: Switzerland 5-7 Austria (quarter-finals; Lausanne; June 1954)
Biggest World Cup semi-final win
Argentina 6-1 United States (Montevideo; July 1930)
Uruguay 6-1 Yugoslavia (Montevideo; July 1930)
West Germany 6-1 Austria (Basel, Switzerland; June 1954)
NB: Argentina beat Peru 6-0 in second-round match (replacing semi-finals) at 1978 tournament in Rosario, Argentina