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Germany captain Lahm feels sorry for injured Neymar

Ronaldo won the tournament in 1994 and 2002
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Germany captain Philippe Lahm has expressed his compassion for crocked Brazil star Neymar ahead of the countries' meeting in the Semi Final of the World Cup on Tuesday evening.

The Barcelona attacker has been ruled out of the rest of the tournament with a back injury and Bayern Munich's Lahm told reporters: "I'm especially sorry for Neymar. To miss a semi final at a home World Cup through injury is a bitter blow."

"In a World Cup you always intend to compete with the best. That's why I would have preferred to play against Brazil with Neymar. But I believe that Brazil has enough players who can step into the breach for him. It is difficult."

The teams have remarkably only met once before in the competition, with Brazil winning the Final of the 2002 World Cup courtesy of a second half brace from legendary striker Ronaldo.



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