World Cup Daily Digest: July 10th

Martin Rose

After two very different semifinals, the stage is set.

Brazil 1 - Germany 7

A lackluster Brazil was utterly dismantled by Germany, which saw Miroslav Klose scoring his 16th World Cup goal making him the top scorer in the tournament's history.

Netherlands 0 - Argentina 0 (Argentina won 4-2 on penalties)

Both sides held each other goalless throughout 120 minutes, and the Dutch could not repeat the trick as they were twice denied by Sergio Romero, as Argentina taste their first World Cup final since 1990.

Scolari yet to decide

After his side's drubbing at the hands of Germany, Scolari will wait until the end of the tournament before deciding on his future.

Sympathy for Brazil

Joachim Low felt sympathy for the host Brazil, and revealed that the pressure to succeed as a host can sometimes take its toll, as Germany had experienced in 2006.

Brazil pair apologizes

After Brazil's first competitive defeat in home soil for 39 years, David Luiz and Julio Cesar has both issued apologies for the team's semifinal performance.

Hummels call for focus; Germany on "full power" - Klose

Defender Mats Hummels has called his teammates to remain focused and get the job done on Sunday. While record breaker Klose, said that Germany will be on "full power" heading to the final.

Sabella: Germany favorites

Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella believes that Sunday's opponent, Germany, will be the favorite. He also praised Javier Mascherano saying that he is "an emblem for the national squad".

Two refused penalties; Romero haunts Van Gaal

Louis van Gaal revealed that two players refused to take the first penalty which was eventually (unsuccessfully) taken by Ron Vlaar.

To further rub salt into the wound, Louis van Gaal's former protégé, Sergio Romero, whom he managed at AZ Alkmaar was the one that denied Netherland's World Cup dream in the shootout.

"I taught Romero how to stop penalties, so that hurts."

Nigeria banned by FIFA

After Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) was dissolved last week, FIFA has taken action by banning Nigeria from international football, until the sacked executive committee is reinstated.

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