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Brazil aims to have Thiago Silva’s suspension overturned for World Cup semifinal

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The Brazilian soccer confederation is trying to overturn captain Thiago Silva’s ban for Tuesday’s World Cup semifinal against Germany.

FIFA spokesman Delia Fischer on Sunday said the disciplinary committee is “analyzing material” submitted by Brazil.

Silva impeded Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina’s attempt to kick the ball downfield during Brazil’s 2-1 quarterfinal win over Colombia, picking up his second yellow card of the tournament and incurring an automatic suspension for the next match.

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Yellow cards traditionally cannot be overturned.

The FIFA disciplinary code states that cautions can be canceled only in “exceptional circumstances.”

Part of the game: Netherlands goalkeeper Tim Krul insists he did nothing wrong in confronting Costa Rica’s penalty takers during a World Cup quarterfinal shootout.

Krul’s crucial two saves Saturday followed his novel tactic that tested FIFA’s guidelines on fair play. The substitute goalie faced up to opponents at the penalty spot and repeatedly told them he knew where they’d place their shots.

“I don’t think I have done anything wrong,” Krul said. “I haven’t shouted at [them] in an aggressive manner. I haven’t done anything crazy. I just told them I knew where they are going.”

The Dutch team’s 4-3 shootout win after a 0-0 draw set up a semifinal against Argentina.

Replacing Neymar: Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari hinted that midfielder Willian is his first option to replace Neymar in Brazil’s World Cup semifinal against Germany.

Willian took Neymar’s position when Brazil’s reserves played against a local under-20 squad at its training camp outside Rio de Janeiro.

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The regular starters stayed in the gym and didn’t practice on the field, but all players touted as possible Neymar replacements trained normally. Willian was used in the middle, in front of Brazil’s defensive midfielders, the same way Neymar played before being ruled out of the tournament because of a back injury.

The other options for Scolari include Ramires, Bernard and Hernanes.

Agentina gains, loses: Argentina midfielder Angel Di Maria has been ruled out of the World Cup semifinal against the Netherlands with a thigh injury while striker Sergio Aguero has been declared fit to play after recovering from a similar problem.

Di Maria limped off the field in the first half of Argentina’s quarterfinal win over Belgium after straining a muscle in the back of his right thigh.

Team doctor Daniel Martinez said tests showed it was a first-degree strain — the mildest kind but added that Di Maria wouldn’t be fit to play in Wednesday’s semifinal.

Suarez ref picked: The referee who failed to see Luis Suarez bite an opponent has been picked to officiate Brazil’s World Cup semifinal against Germany.

FIFA says on its website that Marco Rodriguez of Mexico will referee the match in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Rodriguez has handled two World Cup matches, including Uruguay’s 1-0 win against Italy on June 24.

World Cup final four

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SEMIFINALS

Tuesday: Brazil vs. Germany, 1 p.m.

Wednesday: Netherlands vs. Argentina, 1 p.m.

THIRD PLACE

Saturday: Semifinal losers, 1 p.m.

CHAMPIONSHIP

Sunday: Semifinal winners, noon



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