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  • July 8, 2014
  • • 21:00
  • • Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais
  • Referee: M. Rodríguez
  • • Attendance: 58141
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Brazil-Germany Preview: Neymar-less Selecao seek new hero

Brazil-Germany Preview: Neymar-less Selecao seek new hero

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The host nation are without their star man for the rest of the tournament through injury and will need a new source of inspiration if they are to make the final

Brazil begin life without Neymar at this World Cup as they face Germany in Tuesday’s semi-final at the Estadio Mineirao.

The Barcelona forward suffered a fractured vertebra following a clash with Jose Zuniga in Friday’s 2-1 win over Colombia and was ruled out of the rest of the competition by doctors after the match in Fortaleza.

Reports in the Brazilian media claimed on Sunday that the 22-year-old could feature if Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side make the final, but his participation in this tournament remains unlikely and the former Santos man is definitely sidelined for the game against Germany.

In the absence of Neymar, Scolari is set to choose between Willian, Bernard, Oscar and Hernanes to fill in for team’s most famous player.

Captain Thiago Silva is also out after picking up a second yellow card in this competition against Colombia and the Paris Saint-Germain defender will be replaced by Bayern Munich’s Dante for the clash with Germany.

Brazil and Germany have only met once before at a World Cup and that was in the 2002 final when the Selecao won 2-0.

Germany striker Miroslav Klose is the only survivor in the two squads this time around, although Scolari was the coach in his first spell as Brazil boss.

Like Scolari, who also made the last four with Portugal in 2006, Germany coach Joachim Low is involved in a World Cup semi-final for the third time, having lost out to winners Spain in 2010 and also assisted former boss Jurgen Klinsmann as the Mannschaft were beaten by Italy at home in 2006.

Shkodran Mustafi is sidelined for the rest of the tournament after picking up a thigh injury in the last 16 against Algeria, while Per Mertesacker has been laid low with flu, which affected a total of seven Germany players.

Germany have yet to play in Belo Horizonte at this World Cup, but Brazil – unbeaten at home since a 1-0 defeat to Paraguay in 2002 – return to the scene of last week’s win on penalties against Chile in the last 16.

Brazil: Julio Cesar; Maicon, David Luiz, Dante, Marcelo; Luiz Gustavo, Fernandinho; Hulk, Oscar, Willian; Fred

Germany: Neuer; Lahm, Boateng, Hummels, Howedes; Khedira, Schweinsteiger, Kroos; Ozil, Muller, Gotze

Players to watch

Hulk

Position: Attacker

Games: 6

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A player who often divides opinion in Brazil, Hulk has impressed in the knockout games against Chile and Colombia. With Neymar out, he’ll now be expected to assume more of the responsibility in an attack missing its main man.

M. Özil

Position: Midfielder

Games: 7

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On his day, he’s up there with the best players in the world, but Mesut Ozil still frustrates as much as he impresses and has been accused in the past of fading when it matters most. Germany’s destiny in this tournament could depend on his performance on Tuesday.

Editor's Prediction

Brazil haven’t impressed in the knockout stages, but Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side are still standing and home advantage should suit them against a German team that may struggle in the Belo Horizonte heat - especially after suffering from flu. Expect this one to go the distance with extra-time, though.

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