Germany out to avoid another Löw moment

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Germany coach Joachim Löw has warned hosts Brazil that his side will mean business when the teams meet in the World Cup semi-final tonight (9pm), proclaiming: “We’re not done yet.”

The Germans will be bidding to reach their first World Cup final since 2002 - when they were beaten by Brazil - in Belo Horizonte.

But, at the same time, they will be hoping to avoid a hat-trick of consecutive semi-final disappointments by taking the penultimate step towards their first major title since Euro ‘96.

“We’ve been in at least the semi-finals of the last four World Cups and that just shows that we’ve been playing consistently at the very highest level,” Löw said.

“This is a highlight now; it’s something special and amazing. I’m looking forward to it so much, and everybody in the squad is too.

“I think all Germans are also, and one thing’s for sure - we desperately want to play in the Maracana in Rio again, on July 13. We’re not done yet.”

Bastian Schweinsteiger, meanwhile, has warned Germany that Neymar’s absence, with a broken vertebra, could galvanise the hosts.

“We are all very sad that Neymar can’t play,” Schweinsteiger said. “It is always best if all the big players are on the pitch for the big games.

“But the loss of Neymar can create strength and weld together the Brazilian team.”