Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger accused quarterfinals rival Argentina of showing no respect for opponents and referees. “You can see it in their behavior,’’ he said. “They push, they shove, they try to influence referees.’’
Ghana could become the first African team to make the semifinals by beating Uruguay. Previously, Cameroon in 1990 and Senegal in 2002 got to the final eight.
Midfielder Elano will not play for Brazil in Friday’s World Cup quarterfinal against the Netherlands because of a right ankle injury, but the Brazilians have no shortage of good options.
Nigeria president Goodluck Jonathan suspended the national team from international competition for two years after a poor showing at the Cup.