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Seven Germans down with the flu

Seven Germany players are suffering mild flu symptoms ahead of the quarter-final match against France tonight, coach Joachim Loew said yesterday in a German radio interview without identifying the players.

"Seven players have somehow come down with slight cases of the flu," Loew was quoted telling Germany's ARD radio.

He said that most had "throat aches" but did not reveal their names.

"As a result, it's too early to make any final decisions about the line-up," Loew added.

Defender Mat Hummels missed Germany's Round of 16 match against Algeria on Tuesday due to a fever.He said on yesterday he had recovered and posted a picture of himself sitting on the beach. - Reuters.


FUN FACT

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Germany have lost more World Cup finals than any other nation. They lost finals in 1966, 1982, 1986 and 2002. They have advanced to football's showpiece match as many times as Brazil, seven. But Brazil have five titles to Germany's two.

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