Neymar fractured a vertebra in the quarter-final against
Colombia is out for the rest of the tournament, while center
back Silva picked up a needless booking that means his World Cup
will also be over unless Brazil can progress to Sunday's final
against Argentina or the Netherlands who meet on Wednesday.
For Brazil, failure to reach the showpiece match at Rio de
Janeiro's Maracana stadium would be a national catastrophe. The
South Americans beat Germany to win the 2002 final.
The Germans, who dispatched France in the last eight, have shown
their usual ruthless efficiency in reaching the semi-finals for
the fourth consecutive World Cup but are without a triumph since
1990 and a major title since winning Euro '96.
(Writing by Iain Rogers, editing by Nigel Hunt)
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