"There's precious little left of that traditional Brazilian style of soccer, that artistic style of playing that we all know so well. For sure, Brazil still have good technical players. But they're playing more robustly than any other team here and they have been trying to break up their opponent's attack that way."
-- Germany coach Joachim Loew, who said he hopes Tuesday's semifinal referee, Mexico's Marco Rodríguez, takes a tough stance against attempts to disrupt the flow of the game. Brazil has been whistled for 96 fouls and received 10 yellow cards in its first five games; Germany, 57 fouls and four yellow cards. (Reuters)