Brazil Vs Germany
Germany are the only remaining obstacle the host nation will need to overcome in order to secure a dream final at the Maracana. However, the Selecao have been dealt a huge double blow ahead of this crunch game in Belo Horizonte, with the inspirational Neymar and Thiago Silva both ruled out of this World Cup semi-final.
The Brazilians delivered a much-improved performance against Colombia and finally showed the world what they are capable of with some slick attacking football. Funnily enough, I feel that Neymar’s absence may work in Brazil’s favour for this tie, as the weight of expectation of the home fans has been somewhat minimised.
Joachim Low’s side meanwhile, gave a typical German performance against the French. They were not spectacular but efficient and looked extremely solid at the back. In Muller and Klose, Germany possess two real goal scorers who have the quality to really hurt a weakened Brazilian back line.
Brazil will undoubtedly feel the absence of their star duo but I think that their home support will get them through this game in Rio.
Prediction 2-1 (AET)