Brazil will be determined to get the better of Germany and progress to the final of the 2014 World Cup tonight.
The Selecao are without defender Thiago Silva and forward Neymar due to suspension and injuries respectively. However, the hosts are still a strong team and, with the home crowd behind them, they will certainly be confident of continuing their march towards their sixth world title.
Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side have not exactly looked great and have appeared shaky at the back from time to time, but so far they have managed to overcome all hurdles.
Without Silva and Neymar – one a leader at the back and the other the star of the attack – the South American giants will have to create something special tonight to defeat a very strong and organised Germany side.
This is Brazil’s first appearance in the semi-finals of the World Cup since 2002. That year, Scolari was the coach of the team and eventually led them to victory in the tournament, beating Germany in the final.
On that occasion, the Germans slumped to a 2-0 defeat at the International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama in front of almost 70,000 spectators.
Germany have since reached the semi-finals in 2006 and 2010, and are easily the most consistent international team of this century.
Tonight, Joachim Low’s side will be aiming to go one step better and retain their chances of becoming the first European team to win the World Cup in South America.
The match will be played at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte.
Brazil XI: Julio Cesar; Maicon, David Luiz, Dante, Marcelo; Fernandinho, Gustavo; Bernard, Oscar, Hulk; Fred
Germany XI: Neuer; Lahm, Hummels, Boateng, Hoewedes; Khedira, Schweinsteiger, Kroos; Ozil, Klose, Muller