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July 6, 2014

The AP World Cup Digest at 10 a.m. EDT (1400 GMT). The supervisor of the World Cup desk in Rio de Janeiro is Simon Haydon. The desk can be reached at 0055 21 348 264 84.

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WCUP-GERMANY-BRAZIL

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil — Even without Neymar, Brazil’s show must go on. The World Cup hosts, now forced to play without their injured superstar, will face Germany on Tuesday for a spot in the final. By Chris Lehourites. UPCOMING: 520 words, photos by 10:30 a.m. EDT/1430 GMT.

WCUP-BRAZIL-WHAT NOW?

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil — Still coping with the loss of its biggest star, Brazil is trying to find ways to remain upbeat about its prospects at the World Cup. By Tales Azzoni. 627 words. SENT.

WCUP-THIAGO SILVA BAN

RIO DE JANEIRO — FIFA says the Brazilian football confederation is trying to overturn captain Thiago Silva’s ban for the World Cup semifinal against Germany. 81 words. SENT.

WCUP-BELGIUM

BRASILIA, Brazil — Belgium may have reached the quarterfinals of its first World Cup for a dozen years, but coach Marc Wilmots and his players will return home from Brazil with a sense of unfulfilled promise. By Raf Casert. 604 words. SENT.

WCUP-ARGENTINA

BRASILIA, Brazil — One step away from a potential World Cup final, Argentina is hoping for Angel Di Maria to recover from a thigh injury in time for Wednesday’s semifinal clash against Netherlands. By Karl Ritter. 518 words. SENT.

WCUP-ATTENDANCE

RIO DE JANEIRO — World Cup attendances are set to achieve the second-highest average in tournament history. FIFA says the average crowd after 60 matches in Brazil is 52,762, beating the 52,491 mark for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. 93 words. SENT.

WCUP-GERMANY

PORTO SEGURO, Brazil — Bastian Schweinsteiger’s fragile knee has been a matter of concern for weeks and the reason the midfielder started the World Cup on the bench. He appears to be on the mend jsu as the tournament gets into the decisive stage. By Nesha Starcevic. UPCOMING 400 words by 1 p.m. EDT/1700 GMT. AP Photos.

WCUP-NETHERLANDS

SALVADOR, Brazil — Louis van Gaal says his Netherlands team is the most professional group of players he has ever worked with. That’s quite a compliment coming from a 62-year-old coach who has won the Champions League with Ajax and the Spanish and German leagues with Barcelona and Bayern Munich. By Mike Corder. 495 words. SENT.

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