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Third place match has high value, says FIFA

By Super

BERLIN, July 5: The consolation match between World Cup semi-final losers remains a key prestige encounter for the players and there are no plans to do away with it in the future, FIFA said today.

''I believe there is still a high value in this match,'' FIFA spokesman Markus Siegler told reporters a day after Germany lost to Italy 2-0 in a semi-final clash that went into extra time.

The hosts will face either France or Portugal in Stuttgart on Saturday for third-place bragging rights.

''For the players it matters whether they come in third or fourth,'' Siegler added, in response to a question about whether the match generated sufficient interest.

''Especially with Germany playing in the match I think the interest will be high. It is a prestige thing. It's about knowing where the teams finished on the field of play.'' The German loss to Italy ended a fairytale World Cup run that had inspired the nation and sparked an outpouring of patriotism unprecedented in the post-war era.

Germany coach Juergen Klinsmann said afterwards that the disappointment was huge, but vowed to deliver a good match for the fans in Stuttgart.

Reuters

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Story first published: Wednesday, July 5, 2006, 16:41 [IST]
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