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Quote Hanger: 'You can't explain the inexplicable'

July 09, 2014 14:40 IST

Quote Hanger: 'You can't explain the inexplicable'

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"Honestly, it's hard to explain. You can't explain the inexplicable."

Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar is out of words following his team's 7-1 mauling at the hands of Germany in the World Cup semi-final on Tuesday.

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Image: Goalkeeper Julio Cesar of Brazil reacts after letting in a goal against Germany on Tuesday
Photographs: Martin Rose/Getty Images

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'The person responsible is me'

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“The catastrophic result will be shared with the whole group, but the choice, who decided the tactical line-up, the way to play? I did. So the person responsible is me.”

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari assumes responsibility for the historic defeat.

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Image: Brazil's coach Luiz Felipe Scolari reacts during his team's 2014 World Cup semi-finals against Germany at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday
Photographs: Ruben Sprich/Reuters

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'I think I know how he feels'

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"We had great hopes in 2006 too and you can feel the pressure that the hosts have in a match like this. All 200 million people here want you in the final. That can make your players tighten up. I feel sorry for him (Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari). I think I know how he feels."

Germany coach Joachim Loew identifies with Brazil's pain after his team knocked out the hosts on Tuesday.

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Image: Germany's coach Joachim Loew reacts
Photographs: Ruben Sprich/Reuters

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"It's a long tournament with a lot of matches. Not all seven matches could be at the top level. We had to improve throughout the tournament and that's the goal -- to win the World Cup."

Germany captain Philipp Lahm acknowledges that the team had not played as well in earlier matches at the World Cup.

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Image: Philipp Lahm of Germany controls the ball during the 2014 FIFA World Cup semi-final against Brazil at Estadio Mineirao on Tuesday
Photographs: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

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