On paper two cracking World Cup semi-finals await us.
On Tuesday, the hosts Brazil play Germany. Brazil without their talisman Neymar and without their influential captain, Silva. Brazil will miss the pair and that will make beating Germany all the more difficult.
Getting to the final is the prize that fans of football in Brazil have not so much desired as demanded. Anything less will be seen as a failure by the manager, which in itself is ridiculous. He has got a very ordinary squad to the semi-final. That is an achievement alone.
Germany, who I had a . . .
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