Brazil vs Germany World Cup 2014 match preview: Can Germany take advantage of Brazil's troubled defence?

A look ahead to the first semi-final match of the World Cup

Konstantinos Lianos
Tuesday 08 July 2014 16:57
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David Luiz celebrates his stunning 35-yard free-kick in Brazil's win against Colombia
David Luiz celebrates his stunning 35-yard free-kick in Brazil's win against Colombia

This is a clash between two very strong teams that promises to be a very exciting match as the Brazilians are on a mission to win the gold at home whereas Germany are looking to capture their first World title since 1990.

Tragedy has struck for Brazil as their star player Neymar has been ruled out of the rest of the tournament due to a fractured vertebra he suffered in the quarter-finals against Colombia. Manager Luiz Felipe Scolari needs to come up with a quick solution, as the Barcelona forward has been doing most of the work in the past matches, and will be looking on players such as Hulk and Chelsea’s Oscar to finally reach top form. To make matters worse, the team’s captain Thiago Silva will be suspended after getting carelessly booked last week.

Video: Sam Wallace previews Brazil vs Germany

Germany seemed very efficient and dominant against France last week and manager Joachim Low was fortunate enough to see an impressive performance by the returning Mats Hummels, who also scored the winning goal. The team will be looking on the likes of Thomas Muller, Mario Gotze and Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil to take advantage of Brazil’s troubled defence.

KICK-OFF: Tuesday, 9pm

PAST THREE MEETINGS:

Germany 3 (Schweinsteiger, Gotze, Schurrle) Brazil 2 (Robinho, Neymar), International Friendly, August 2011

Germany 2 (Podolski, Ballack) Brazil 3 (Leite 2, Ronaldinho), Confederations Cup, June 2005

Germany 1 (Kuranyi) Brazil 1 (Ronaldinho), International Friendly, September 2004

STATS:

Ever since the fall of the Berlin Wall, Brazil have faced Germany nine times where they won the lion share of the exchange with five wins and lost two matches.

Germany made it to their tenth World Cup semi-final in 13 tournaments since 1966. They have made the final six times from that exchange.

Lazio striker Miroslav Klose is just one goal away from becoming the all-time top scorer in the history of the competition. If he scores in this match he will surpass Brazil icon Ronalo, as they currently share the top spot with 15 goals.

Brazil are undefeated in 41 straight home matches. Their last loss goes back in 2002 where the Selecao fell short to Paraguay.

Thiago Silva’s seventh minute goal against Colombia was Brazil’s quickest World Cup goal since 2006.

Brazil manager Luiz Felipe Scolari has never lost a World Cup match with Brazil; in fact he was the coach last time the Selecao won the title in 2002.

ODDS:

Brazil to win: 9.5

Germany to win: 9.5

Draw: 11.5

CLASSIC MOMENT/MATCH:

In 2002 Brazil won the World Cup after Ronaldo’s second goal, which marked the Selecao’s fifth title that made them the most successful team in the history of the competition.

TV: Live on BBC 1 at 9pm

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