Brazil's Marcelo: Worst day of my career

Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Jul 9 (EFE).- Brazilian defender Marcelo described the host nation's crushing 7-1 defeat at the hands of Germany in the World Cup semifinals as "the worst day" of his career.

"It was the worst day. The worst of my career undoubtedly," the 26-year-old Real Madrid player said after Tuesday's match at Estadio Mineirao in this southeastern city.

Marcelo denied that the absence of Brazilian stars Neymar, who sustained a fractured vertebra last Friday against Colombia, and Thiago Silva, who was suspended after picking up his second yellow card of the tournament in that same quarterfinal match, had anything to do with the scandalous result.

"The absence of Neymar and Silva did not affect us, we knew that Germany is great. We tried everything but it was in vain," he said.

Marcelo said the humiliating loss was a very sad day for Brazil but he promised that his team would try to do better in Saturday's third-place playoff.

Germany will square off in Sunday's final against the winner of the Netherlands-Argentina match, which will be played Wednesday at Sao Paulo's Corinthians stadium.