David Luiz and Julio Cesar sent their apologies to the people of Brazil after the World Cup hosts lost 7-1 to Germany in the semifinals.
Brazil had hoped to reach Sunday’s final at the Maracana but their dream became a nightmare as Germany ran riot in Belo Horizonte, storming into a 5-0 half-time lead before inflicting further damage after the break.
"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."
Goalkeeper Cesar was just as stunned by what had happened and admitted it would take some time to recover, but he also congratulated Germany for a magnificent performance.
"Honestly, it’s hard to explain," Cesar told reporters. "You can’t explain the inexplicable.