Brazil v Germany

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    • Semi-finals: Tuesday, 8 July, 2014 - 21:00
    • Venue: Belo Horizonte
    • TV Channel: BBC1

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    Hosts Brazil take on Germany in the World Cup semi-final in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday 8 July.

    The last time the two nations met in the World Cup was in the final of the 2002 tournament in Yokohama, Japan where Brazil won 2-0 to claim their fifth world title. The hosts are hoping to end a 10 year wait for a sixth World Cup but must do it without the help of talisman Neymar who suffered a fracture to a bone in his spine in the quarter-finals and will sit out the remainder of the tournament.

    Such is the importance of Neymar to the Brazilian cause, bookies have eased the odds for the home nation to win the semi-final and you can back Brazil at 11/10 to qualify on bwin while Winner Sports go 19/20 Germany to reach the final.

    Neymar’s influence cannot be overlooked, he is by far Brazil’s most creative player and has spurred his country to success when the team has looked an ordinary unit. Fred is the only other forward player to have scored for Brazil who have relied heavily on Neymar’s contribution of four. Brazil’s defence has been very solid, David Luiz could be in the running for player of the tournament and he is top of the Castro Index in FIFA’s World Cup site. The former Chelsea defender has contributed at both ends of the pitch, holding his nerve to convert the first penalty in the shoot-out against Chile and scoring twice in open play against Chile in the last 16 and against Colombia in the quarter-final.

    If Brazil are to succeed in making it to the final it could be by the narrowest of margins, perhaps after extra-time or another penalty shoot-out. Despite the efforts of Luiz and Thiago Silva, Brazil gave only kept on clean sheet in five World Cup games while Germany have managed to score in every game.

    You can back Brazil to draw 1-1 at 11/2 on William Hill.

    Germany showed their tournament experience when running down the game to register a 1-0 victory against France in the quarter-final and will appear in the semi-final of the World Cup for the fourth consecutive time. Thomas Muller who won the Golden Boot at the last World Cup is Germany’s leading scorer with four goals and has also provided most assists for his country with two. His performances have been more industrious than full of flare and that has been typical of the German team as a whole who are a very solid outfit.

    Miroslav Klose is Germany’s all time leading scorer and shares the record with Ronaldo for scoring 15 goals at the World Cup finals. At 36-years-old he still provide an important contribution spearheading the forward line and it would be fitting if he could take the World Cup goal scoring for himself against Ronaldo’s team.

    You can back Klose to score at any time at 9/4 on William Hill

    2014 World Cup Match Results
    Brazil - WDWDW    Germany - WDWDW

    World Cup 2014 Goalscorers
    Brazil (2014 World Cup):
    Neymar - 4 (1 Penalty, 2 First Goalscorer)
    David Luiz - 2 (0 Penalties, 0 First Goalscorer)
    Fred - 1 (0 Penalties, 0 First Goalscorer)
    Fernandinho - 1 (0 Penalties, 0 First Goalscorer)
    Oscar - 1 (0 Penalties, 0 First Goalscorer)
    Silva – 1 (0 Penalties, 1 First Goalscorer)

    Germany (2014 World Cup):
    Musller - 4 (1Penalties, 2 First Goalscorer)
    Hummels - 2 (0 Penalties, 1 First Goalscorer)
    Gotze – 1 (0 Penalties, 1 First Goalscorer)
    Schurrle - 1 (0 Penalties, 1 First Goalscorer)
    Klose - 1 (0 Penalties, 0 First Goalscorer)
    Ozil - 1 (0 Penalties, 0 First Goalscorer)

    World Cup 2014 Top Goal Assists
    Brazil (2014 World Cup):
    Oscar - 2
    Gustavo - 1
    David Luiz - 1
    Ramires - 1
    Silva - 1

    Germany (2014 World Cup):
    Muller - 2
    Gotze – 1
    Schurrle – 1
    Hummels - 1

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