Loew warns about Brazil fouls ahead of semifinal

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 7, 2014 at 6:19 pm •  Published: July 7, 2014
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BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) — Germany coach Joachim Loew is worried about Brazil's "brutal" tackling in recent games, and appealed to the referee of their World Cup semifinal to be on the lookout for such tactics.

Germany and Brazil play Tuesday in Belo Horizonte, with Mexican referee Marco Rodriguez in charge of the match.

Loew was one of many observers who took note of the bruising quarterfinal between Brazil and Colombia, and said that tackling by both sides was often "brutal and almost over the limit."

"My hope, or what I expect, is that the referee Rodriguez keeps an eye on these things," Loew said. "In Europe there would not be 22 players on the pitch at the end. There were many hard fouls from behind, from the side. You have to see that this brutal and robust physical side is stopped because then you won't have a Neymar, Messi ... but other players who destroy the game."

Neymar, Brazil's biggest star, fractured a vertebra late in that game after taking a knee in the back, an injury that ruled him out of the rest of the World Cup.

Loew began the news conference by once again expressing regret that Neymar will miss the match. Brazil captain and defender Thiago Silva is also out because of a suspension.

"A top player missing means other layers will take responsibility and I am sure they will play for Neymar and for Thiago," Loew said. "No one should think that Neymar's absence or Thiago Silva's is a disadvantage, with Dante playing you can't expect him to play badly, especially against Germany."

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