And then there were four. The two top-ranked teams in the world will face off on July 8 with a date in the World Cup final on the line, but one of the squads — the host nation — will be extremely shorthanded. Watch the live stream below to see who comes out on top.
Though the group stage of the 2014 World Cup seemed wilder and more upset-heavy than ever, the universe has more or less realigned in the knockout stage, and now Brazil and Germany, the two top-ranked teams in the world, have made it to the semifinals for a fateful matchup on July 8. Will home field advantage continue to push the Brazilians forward, or will they suffer without their hero striker, Neymar?
World Cup 2014 Live Stream — Watch Brazil Vs. Germany
Who’s not playing in this semifinal match is as big of a story today than who is. Late in Brazi’s quarterfinal match with Colombia, Neymar was carted off the field after taking a brutal knee to the back. After the game it was confirmed that the already legendary 22-year-old had broken a bone in his back and would be out for the remainder of the tournament.
It was a heartbreaking blow for the Selecao, who have run their entire offense through Neymar (he had four goals in five games), but it was even more heartbreaking for the Brazilians, who regard Neymar as their savior, the second coming of Ronaldo.
With the World Cup taking place in Brazil, anything less than a trophy for Team Brazil will be seen as a failure — riot police will definitely need to be on hand — so they’ll need to find offense elsewhere against the Germans, in players like Oscar and Hulk.
Brazil Should Fear Germany
Germany’s road to the World Cup final four has been nothing short of clinical. FIFA’s No. 2 ranked team won the Group of Death like they were supposed to, beat Algeria like they were supposed to, and outlasted France like many expected them to. Die Mannschaft hasn’t quite been impressive (save that 4-0 lashing of Portugal in their opening match) from game to game, but the stolid way they’ve continued to overpower their opponents and advance has to be praised.
If there’s one team to not be bothered by what will surely be a hostile environment against Brazil today, it’s Germany. They’ve been all business this entire tournament — don’t expect them to let up just because Neymar’s out.
This is a match for the ages, so don’t miss a second of it — watch the entire game by tuning into the live stream above (Note: to watch the World Cup on ESPN, you must have a cable subscription).
— Andrew Gruttadaro