Santo Andre, Brazil: Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger said on Sunday he was saddened Brazil's Neymar will not feature in their semi-final but believed the hosts may play above themselves with the whole nation behind them. (Watch: Neymar may take painkillers to play if Brazil reach final)
He added Germany were looking forward to a classic game on Tuesday against Brazil, who won the 2002 World Cup final in the only previous clash between the pair at a major tournament. Schweinsteiger only wished it could have been the final. (Also read: Hard dose of reality impinges on Brazil's fairytale victory)
"We're all feeling deeply saddened that he won't be able to play," the midfielder said of forwardNeymar, who was ruled out of the rest of the World Cup after suffering a back injury in Friday's 2-1 quarter-final win over Colombia.