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Thiago Silva gets yet another yellow card (Video)

Thiago-Silva-Robben-foulThiago Silva picked up his third yellow card of the World Cup on Saturday when Brazil faced The Netherlands in the third place game. Silva’s penalty came just two minutes into the match, and he’s very fortunate he wasn’t sent off with a red card.

Netherlands star Arjen Robben had a clear path to goal after receiving a beautiful through ball from Robin Van Persie. Rather than letting Robben walk it in, Silva dragged him down by the shoulder. The Netherlands was awarded a penalty kick and Van Persie converted it to give his team an early 1-0 lead.

Silva, who missed Brazil’s blowout loss to Germany after picking up his second yellow card, probably should have exited the World Cup having played just over a minute total in the last two games. The Brazilian captain’s untimely penalties really hurt his team in the tournament.

Javier Mascherano tore his anus during Argentina win

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Argentina defender Javier Mascherano laid it all on the line for his country on Wednesday. No, I mean he really, really went all out. Mascherano may have saved the game with a tremendous tackle on Netherlands forward Arjen Robben in the 90th minute to keep the score 0-0. And you know what else happened?

He tore his anus.

Mascherano, who seemed embarrassed, told reporters about the unfortunate injury after the game.

“I do not want to be rude,” he said, as translated by SB Nation. “I tore the anus that play, so the pain…”

Unfortunately, Mascherano is not the first athlete we have featured on LBS that tore his anus. A popular wrestler suffered the same injury last year. The important thing is Argentina is going to the World Cup final. Imagine tearing your anus and losing?

The play where the injury may have occurred can be seen here

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Sergio Romero stops Ron Vlaar, Wesley Sneijder in shootout to send Argentina to finals

Sergio RomeroArgentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero helped send his country to the finals of the World Cup by stopping the Netherlands’ Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijder in a shootout Wednesday.

Romero dived to his left to stop Vlaar on the Dutch’s first penalty kick, giving Argentina the advantage. He also stopped Sneijder on the Netherlands’ third penalty kick attempt to essentially ice things.

Argentina’s Maxi Rodriguez was the fourth player to attempt a penalty kick for his country and he converted, giving Argentina the 4-2 shootout win. Argentina made all four penalty kicks they attempted.

Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal will be questioned for having Jasper Cillessen stay in net for the shootout; they beat Costa Rica in a shootout after switching to Tim Krul, who saved two shots in the shootout Saturday.

Malaysian politician Bung Mokhtar Radin tweets ‘long live Hitler’ after Germany win

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And the award for worst tweet of the World Cup goes to … Malaysian legislator Bung Mokhtar Radin. After Germany beat Brazil by an incredible score of 7-1 on Tuesday, Bung decided to go down the Adolf Hitler road. He sent the following tweet, which has not been deleted.

Bung, a member of the Malaysian Parliament, told The Star Online on Wednesday that he would not apologize.

“I don’t know what’s wrong with people sometimes,” he said. “Hitler is part of history and the German team fought like how he did. I think people nowadays should transform their mentality. Whatever I tweet people hit me. They are not hitting me because of Hitler, but because I am Bung Mokhtar.”

Holger Michael, the German ambassador to Malaysia, spoke out against Bung’s insensitive remark.

“We strongly reject the distasteful and unacceptable allusion to the fascist regime of Adolf Hitler,” Michael told TIME.

Bung is no stranger to controversy, as he once made a comment about a female politician’s menstrual cycle during an argument in 2007. There are plenty of jokes that can be made about Brazil’s embarrassing loss to Germany in the World Cup semifinal. Hitler doesn’t need to be involved with any of them.

H/T SI Hot Clicks

David Luiz crying after Brazil loss was hard to watch (Video)

David-Luiz-cryingWith Thiago Silva serving a suspension after receiving two yellow cards in the World Cup, David Luiz was named team captain for Brazil’s match against Germany. As you know, Brazil suffered one of the most embarrassing losses in its country’s history when the Germans destroyed them 7-1. You could tell Luiz felt responsible after the match.

During a postgame interview on live television, Luiz sobbed while apologizing for the mind-boggling lack of effort his side showed. His comments were translated by 3 News.

“Apologies to everybody, apologies to all the Brazilian people,” Luiz said. “I just wanted to see my people smile. We all know how important it was for me to see all of Brazil be happy, at least because of football.

“They were better than us. They prepared better. They played better. It’s a very sad day but it’s also a day from which to learn.”

Luiz turned 27 earlier this year, so he probably has one more World Cup left to play. He played particularly poorly against Germany and, like many of his teammates, looked lost without Silva.

Not having Silva and Neymar certainly hurt Brazil, but it should not have hurt them enough that they would give up five goals in the first 30 minutes of the match. While making it to the semifinal is always a great achievement, its a shame Brazil went out with that type of performance as the host nation.

H/T Dirty Tackle

Brazil soccer memes come strong after blowout loss to Germany

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When your team gets smashed in a big game, all you can do is sit back and laugh at your team’s poor performance. And all everyone else can do is point a finger, laugh, and mock the team the way the good internet intended.

With that in mind, we present some of the best memes following Brazil’s 7-1 blowout loss to Germany in the semifinals of the World Cup. Take a look at them below:

The Brazilian flag gets a makeover:

The back of Neymar Jr.’s jersey looks different:

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Germany sets records in World Cup win over Brazil

Tuesday’s World Cup semifinal match between Germany and Brazil was supposed to be a great game between two of the top soccer teams in the world. Instead, it turned out to be a disaster of epic proportions for the home team, as Germany ran off with a 7-1 victory and set records in the process.

The Germans handed Brazil their worst World Cup loss ever. They scored five goals in the first half including a mind-blowing four in six minutes. They added two more goals in the second half and led 7-0 before the Brazilians finally got on the board in the 90th minute.

Brazil was playing without Neymar Jr. who has a fractured vertebrae suffered in the quarterfinals, and Thiago Silva, who received two yellow cards in the quarterfinal win over Colombia. Still, nobody could have seen this coming.

Let’s look at all the records Germany set in the win

- Miroslav Klose set a World Cup record by scoring his 16th career goal

- Germany became the fastest to score 5 goals in the first half of a World Cup game

- Germany set a record for most goals in a World Cup semifinal game with 7

- Germany set a record for margin if victory in a World Cup semifinal at 6

- Germany set a record by reaching their eighth World Cup final

As for Brazil … well things were really ugly

- This equals their worst loss in team history (previously they lost 6-0 to Uruguay in 1920)

- Brazil had not allowed more than 5 goals in an entire World Cup since 1998

- This was the worst loss for a host nation in a World Cup

Brazilian fans had an appropriate reaction:

Sad Brazil fans crying

(Credit to ESPN Stats & Info for some of the details)