Day 30 of the World Cup. Three days left of the tournament and two games left to be played.
Saturday 12 July Brazil v Netherlands 9pm BST (5pm Brazilian local time) live on ITV at the Estadio Nacional, Brasilia.
Referee: Djamel HAIMOUDI (Algeria)
Assistant Referees: Redouane ACHIK (MAR) and Abdelhak ETCHIALI (ALG)
Fourth official: Yuichi NISHIMURA (JPN)
Injured Brazilian star Neymar came out in support of his team-mate Lionel Messi, at Barcelona at a press conference on Thursday. He’s wants Messi to lead Argentina to victory over Germany.
Messi‘s history in the sport is so important, he has won a lot of trophies and I will be cheering for him. He is a friend, he is my team-mate and I wish him luck.
Germany have said they had quickly erased the euphoria from their thrashing of Brazil. Germany’s striker Miroslav Klose, who became the World Cup’s all-time leading scorer said:-
We enjoyed the game against Brazil, but we ticked it off after 24 hours. In the next game, we have to again play to the best of our abilities.
Germany‘s assistant coach Hansi Flick said his team had studied the way the Holland had managed to successfully contain Messi. Flick explained:-
We saw how the Dutch managed to keep Messi out, but we too have a special plan for him – although I won’t give that away.