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Brazil take on Germany in the semi-final of the 2014 Fifa World Cup at the Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte, on Tuesday.

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is set for 9pm BST. Live coverage is on ITV 1 HD, BBC One and BBC One HD. Radio commentary of the game will be available on BBC Radio 5 Live.


Brazil sealed their place in the last four of this year's summer showdown after edging their South American counterparts Colombia 2-1 last Friday at the Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza.

The hosts took the lead courtesy of Thiago Silva's goal in the 7th minute from a corner and fellow centre-back David Luiz doubled the advantage with a stunning kick in the 69th minute.

However, Jose Pekerman's side were not done and earned a penalty after substitute Carlos Bacca was hauled down by goalkeeper Julio Cesar. The tournament's top scorer James Rodriguez took his tally to six goals but Los Cafeteros could not find the decisive equaliser.

The victory for Luiz Felipe Scolari's side came at a big price as they lost Neymar to a brutal tackle from behind by Juan Zuniga. The Barcelona star suffered a broken vertebra which rules him out of action for the foreseeable future.

Germany too ensured progress after posting a narrow 1-0 victory over France at the Estadio Maracana, Rio de Janeiro. Mats Hummels headed home a 13th minute winner from a free-kick, taking advantage of some poor defending from Raphael Varane.

For the fourth time in a row, Die Mannschaft are in the semi-finals and coach Joachim Low will be eager for his side to avenge the defeat in the 2002 final. They also have injury concerns in Shkodran Mustafi, who is ruled out of the tournament with a thigh injury.

Germany also had seven players infected with flu before their quarterfinal clash against Les Bleus but all of them except Per Mertesacker seem fine to feature in the penultimate stage. They will be looking to take advantage of Neymar's absence and also that of skipper Thiago Silva, who is suspended for this fixture after picking up his second yellow card.

What Managers Say

Luiz Felipe Scolari: "We are in a situation that is slightly difficult for the Germany match but we have great players. If everything has to be changed then we'll do that and I think we will have a great game."

Joachim Low: "They will have a home advantage. The South Americans are fighting for their lives here. They're playing more robustly than any other team here. There's little left of that traditional Brazilian style of football. At the end of the day, it's up to the referee to come up with the correct punishment."

Prediction: Brazil 1-3 Germany

Betting Odds (Bwin)

  • Brazil: 17/10
  • Draw: 9/5
  • Germany: 21/10

Team Form

Thomas Muller
Germany's top scorer with four goals, Thomas Muller, will be keen on finding the net after drawing blanks in the last two matches.Getty Images


  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W W W D W
  • Last Result: Brazil 2-1 Colombia


  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W W W D W
  • Last Result: France 0-1 Germany

Team News


  • Injured: Neymar (Back)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: Thiago Silva

Probable Lineup: Cesar; Alves, Luiz, Dante, Marcelo; Gustavo, Fernandinho; Hulk, Oscar, Willian; Fred


  • Injured: Shkodran Mustafi (Thigh)
  • Doubtful: Per Mertesacker (flu)
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Neuer; Lahm, Boateng, Hummels, Howedes; Khedira, Schweinsteiger; Ozil, Kroos, Gotze; Muller