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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, July 4, 2014
RIO DE JANEIRO---When Germany goal-
keeper Manuel Neuer embarked on a series
of hair-raising dashes out of his area in
the second-round win over Algeria, it
would have struck a chord with French
football fans of a certain vintage.
Thoughts no doubt returned to one of
the most shocking incidents in World Cup
history, which occurred in the 1982 semifinal
between West Germany and France and
involved another goalkeeper s excursion off
Harald Schumacher s airborne challenge
on Patrick Battiston, which knocked the
France defender unconscious and broke his
jaw but went unpunished, still raises anger
and emotion in France---especially since
West Germany went on to win that match
in a penalty shootout thanks to the saves
Predictably, the incident has been one of
the major talking points ahead of the coun-
tries clash in the World Cup quarterfinals
today. It will be their fourth meeting on the
world s biggest stage, with Germany also
winning the most recent in 1986 in the
"Tomorrow we will write a new page of
history," Deschamps said when asked about
the hurt of 1982 and 86. "We will try to
make it as pleasant as possible."
Under the headline of A Classic Match,
top-selling French sports newspaper L E-
quipe used its front page on Wednesday to
detail the step-by-step process of Schu-
macher s aerial assault on Battiston.
Clearly, the French nation still remembers
but many of country s current generation
weren t even born when that game took place.
And they aren t using it as motivation.
Germany is playing in its ninth straight
World Cup quarterfinals and also reached
at least the semifinals of the last two Euro-
pean Championships. But there is a growing
feeling that a young and dynamic France
team can bring down its more experienced
With Germany s defence at best stretched
and at worst shambolic this tournament,
that s a department the French will look to
exploit at Rio s Maracana stadium in the
first of the quarterfinals.
Ponderous and porous, the German back
line also features centre backs playing at
full backs, allowing Algeria s speedy forwards
to cause havoc in the Round of 16 match
that Germany won 2--1 after extra time.
Deschamps will likely be wrestling with
two selection dilemmas ahead of the match,
chiefly who to partner with Karim Benzema
in attack out of Olivier Giroud and Antoine
Giroud has height and presence, but
Griezmann offers guile and craft and they
might be the qualities that will give the
Germany defence more problems. Griez-
mann s game-changing substitute appear-
ance in France s 2--0 win over Nigeria in
the second round could well influence
There is also the question of who plays
alongside Raphael Varane at center back
out of Laurent Koscielny and Mamadou
Sakho, the vice-captain who is fit again
after a left hamstring injury.
If the French progress past the quarter-
finals, they will have done better than most
pundits would have predicted, especially
with Deschamps having revamped the team
in his two years in charge.
Though expectations have been raised
back in France, there will be more pressure
on Germany. (AP)
Neymar and Colombia play-
maker James Rodriguez have
led their teams to the World
Cup quarterfinals, dominating
the attention and the scoring.
The 22-year-old stars will go
head-to-head when Brazil plays
Colombia today, when only one
will get the chance to continue
his run at the tournament.
Wearing the No 10 jerseys,
both have lived up to expecta-
tions so far, enough to be includ-
ed in discussions about the tour-
nament s best players along with
established stars such as Lionel
Messi and Arjen Robben.
Neymar has been decisive for
Brazil, scoring four goals in four
matches. Rodriguez has been
crucial for Colombia with his
tournament-leading five goals
and creativity in attack.
"I already knew that James
was a great player," Neymar said.
"And now he has been showing
his talent at the World Cup."
Rodriguez has been one of the
tournament s sensations so far
and has helped Colombia get
over the absence of star striker
Radamel Falcao, who missed the
tournament because of injury.
It didn t take long for
Rodriguez to become the focal
point of a Colombia team that
won all of its four matches
seemingly without any real dif-
"It s not easy to achieve what
I ve done, but my view is that
when you have a dream and you
really pursue it and picture
things like this happening, then
it can become a reality,"
Rodriguez told FIFA.com. "If
you want something and you
work hard for it, then it can hap-
The Monaco player scored in
each match, including two
against Uruguay in the second
round, and has been voted player
of the match three times. One
of the goals against Uruguay is
already considered one of the
best of the tournament so far.
He chested the ball and quickly
turned to fire a powerful shot
over the goalkeeper from the top
of the penalty area.
Rodriguez had already scored
a stunning goal against Japan in
the group stage, flicking the ball
over the goalkeeper after getting
past a defender with a nifty
move inside the box.
The Brazilian forward came
to the tournament amid a lot
more hype than Rodriguez,
already knowing that he was
carrying the responsibility of
leading his team to the title on
Neymar scored twice in the
difficult 3--1 opening win over
Croatia, then added two more
in the 4--1 rout of Cameroon in
the group stage. The Barcelona
star also showed his cool by
calmly converting his penalty in
the tense shootout against Chile
in the second round.
France vs Germany, noon
Brazil vs Colombia, 4 pm
Ticket scalpers hoped
to get $16,000 for final
A police investigator says a ticket scalping ring be-
lieved to be reselling World Cup tickets was hoping to
get 35,000 Brazilian reals ($16,000) per ticket if
Brazil reached the July 13 final. Inspector Fabio
Barucke, who heads the investigation, says yesterday
that 11 people were arrested, including the believed
ringleader Mohamadou Lamine Fofana of Algeria.
More arrests are possible.
Reselling tickets above face value is illegal in Brazil.
Barucke says many tickets are believed to have come
from Fifa sponsors, or from hospitality packages.
He said the source of some of the tickets in this
case was a Fifa official staying at the Copacabana
Hotel in Rio.
Shakira, Wyclef for
World Cup closing ceremony
RIO DE JANEIRO---Colombian pop star Shakira and
hip hop artist Wyclef Jean will perform at the World
Cup's closing ceremony in Brazil. Shakira will be at the
World Cup for the third time and sing her La la la
(Brazil 2014) with Brazil's Carlinhos Brown ahead of
the July 13 final at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana Sta-
dium. Wyclef, guitarist Santana and Alexandre Pires
will combine on Dar Um Jeito, the main theme song
for the World Cup.
Announcing the line-up, Fifa also said Brazilian
singer-songwriter Ivete Sangalo "will bring a distinc-
tive local flavour to the show" with a medley of well-
known Brazilian numbers and will be joined by Pires.
Splits in Fifa anti-racism
strategy at World Cup
RIO DE JANEIRO---Splits in Fifa's plan to fight dis-
crimination at the World Cup have been exposed
after reported incidents involving fans went unpun-
ished. The public divide was revealed yesterday at a
briefing involving the chairmen of FIifa's task force
against racism, Jeffrey Webb, and its disciplinary
panel, Claudio Sulser. Webb is unhappy that evidence
provided to Sulser's panel---of fans chanting gay slurs,
wearing black face make-up and carrying banners
with far-right symbols---did not result in any sanc-
counting on Brazil fans
MOGI DAS CRUZES---This is as close to 'rent-a-
crowd' that the World Cup will come. And it won't
cost Belgium anything.
Expected to be outnumbered by tens of thousands
of Argentina fans at Saturday's quarterfinal at the
70,000-capacity Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Belgium
coach Marc Wilmots gently stoked a regional rivalry
to suit his ends.
Wilmots said "the Brazilians expect only one thing
and that is that we beat the Argentinians," referring
to a long and sometimes bitter rivalry between the
neighbouring football giants.
Fifa: Suarez ban was
justice, not exemplary
RIO DE JANEIRO---Fifa's disciplinary committee
chairman says Luis Suarez received a just punish-
ment and was not made an example of. Claudio
Sulser told reporters the Uruguay and Liverpool for-
ward's World Cup biting case was "very severe."
Suarez was banned for nine Uruguay matches, four
months from all football and fined 100,000 Swiss
francs ($112,000) by Sulser's seven-man panel.
Sulser says through a translator: "one thing I men-
tioned in my capacity as the chairman is we don't
need to impose an exemplary sanction, we need to
1982 clash revived as
Neymar, Rodriguez to duel in World Cup quarters
AT A GLANCE
Germany's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, right, clears the ball from Algeria's Islam Slimani
during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Germany and Algeria at the
Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil, on June 30. AP PHOTO
Brazil's Neymar reacts after a
penalty shootout following
regulation time during the
match between Brazil and Chile.
Colombia's James Rodriguez
waves to supporters following
Colombia's 2--0 victory over
Uruguay. AP PHOTO
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