In a sensational twist during Brazil’s last outing on the football field against the Colombians, the odds in their favour seem to have been greatly overturned — Brazil’s star player, Neymar, was horribly injured with a fractured vertebrae which saw him being stretchered off the field while team captain Thiago Silva summarily got suspended from participating in the semi-finals match against Germany after being issued a yellow card. For a team with a record and reputation to maintain, things seem to be going quite badly for hosts Brazil. The pressure is doubled and mounting as well due to the fact that the Brazilians are scheduled to meet with the formidable German team next.
The Germans have done quite well for themselves thus far this World Cup season, although not extraordinarily so. With exception of their match against Portugal, the Germans could be said to have just scraped by with draws/ties and close wins. By applying the right amount of pressure and mounting a strong enough attack, they might be able to take advantage of Brazil’s badly timed misfortunes to book themselves a place in the finals.
Brazil, however, is by no means handicapped or stunted as the team is not short of talented players who are more than capable of contributing to their team’s glory. If the players’ natural football flairs and talents are combined with the right strategies, we believe the Brazil has about as much fighting chance as they would have has if Neymar had not been out of commission. Yet oftentimes, a team’s performance can be greatly affected by morale and Brazilians can only hope that the ill fates of Neymar and Silva have not put the rest of the team in a negative funk. Still, the home ground advantage might just come in handy and be the motivating factor for Brazil to give it their all and fight their way through their disadvantages.
Our prediction: Brazil wins 2-1 or 1-0