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Jul 9, 2014

Soccer-Brazil’s image shattered, says Maradona

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, July 9 (Reuters) – Germany’s 7-1 thrashing of Brazil in the World Cup semi-final was a “hammer-blow” that has damaged the hosts’ image around the world, Argentine great Diego Maradona said.

The astonishing reverse was Brazil’s record World Cup defeat, their first loss at home in 64 competitive matches since 1975, and the first time they had lost by six goals in any match since Uruguay beat them 6-0 in the Copa America in 1920.

Jul 9, 2014

Fragile Brazil collapse under weight of expectation

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Brazil rode a wave of emotion, patriotism and prayer to reach the World Cup semi-finals but Tuesday was the day when the weight of expectation caught up with them.

Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari tried to explain their 7-1 defeat by Germany in purely footballing terms, saying their opponents played superbly and took their chances against a Brazil side that played poorly.

Jul 9, 2014

Soccer-Fragile Brazil collapse under weight of expectation

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, July 8 (Reuters) – Brazil rode a wave of emotion, patriotism and prayer to reach the World Cup semi-finals but Tuesday was the day when the weight of expectation caught up with them.

Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari tried to explain their 7-1 defeat by Germany in purely footballing terms, saying their opponents played superbly and took their chances against a Brazil side that played poorly.

Jul 9, 2014

No ‘schadenfreude’ for magnanimous Germans

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – For a team that had just crushed hosts Brazil 7-1, smashed a few records, and reached a World Cup final, Germany’s manager and players were astonishingly cool on Tuesday.

Clearly as stunned by the game as the Brazilians themselves, the Germans showed the utmost respect towards their humiliated and weeping rivals, hugging and consoling them at the end.

Jul 9, 2014

Soccer-No ‘schadenfreude’ for magnanimous Germans

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, July 8 (Reuters) – For a team that had just crushed hosts Brazil 7-1, smashed a few records, and reached a World Cup final, Germany’s manager and players were astonishingly cool on Tuesday.

Clearly as stunned by the game as the Brazilians themselves, the Germans showed the utmost respect towards their humiliated and weeping rivals, hugging and consoling them at the end.

Jul 8, 2014

Loew knows how shocked Brazil must feel

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Germany coach Joachim Loew said he understood the shock and pain that Brazil were feeling on Tuesday after their 7-1 World Cup semi-final defeat on home soil, recalling how the Germans felt in 2006 when they lost to Italy at the same stage.

“We were shocked too and experienced the same thing in 2006,” Loew told German TV. “They were shocked and didn’t expect to fall behind. And after that it was an easy match for us.”

Jul 8, 2014

Soccer-Loew knows how shocked Brazil must feel

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, July 8 (Reuters) – Germany coach Joachim Loew said he understood the shock and pain that Brazil were feeling on Tuesday after their 7-1 World Cup semi-final defeat on home soil, recalling how the Germans felt in 2006 when they lost to Italy at the same stage.

“We were shocked too and experienced the same thing in 2006,” Loew told German TV. “They were shocked and didn’t expect to fall behind. And after that it was an easy match for us.”

Jul 7, 2014

Ref who missed Suarez bite in limelight for Brazil v Germany

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – The Mexican referee who missed Luis Suarez’s bite in the World Cup had encouragement from Brazil but a warning from Germany on the eve of Tuesday’s semi-final which he will also officiate.

Marco Rodriguez refereed the Uruguay v Italy group game when striker Suarez bit defender Giorgio Chiellini off the ball.

Jul 7, 2014

Soccer-Ref who missed Suarez bite in limelight for Brazil v Germany

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, July 7 (Reuters) – The Mexican referee who missed Luis Suarez’s bite in the World Cup had encouragement from Brazil but a warning from Germany on the eve of Tuesday’s semi-final which he will also officiate.

Marco Rodriguez refereed the Uruguay v Italy group game when striker Suarez bit defender Giorgio Chiellini off the ball.

Jul 7, 2014

Neymar’s absence angers, motivates Brazil ahead of semi

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Brazil remain bitter about the tackle that ended their marquee striker Neymar’s World Cup but hope his absence will inspire the rest of the team in Tuesday’s semi-final against Germany.

Neymar broke a vertebra in Brazil’s 2-1 quarter-final victory against Colombia after defender Juan Camilo Zuniga went in with a raised knee during a hard-fought game.

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      "Andrew Cawthorne is a British journalist who has worked for Reuters since 1992 on various assignments in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Prior to that, Andrew worked on newspapers for several years."
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