The 2014 FIFA World Cup semi-finals are only just hours from starting. The first encounter has been hotly anticipated since the match was confirmed when Brazil booked their place with a 2-1 victory over Columbia. Although the hosts hold an edge over their fierce adversaries, they are going to have to put in their most impressive shift yet if they are to progress to the final.
With the ineffable Brazilian captain Thiago Silva, suspended for the semi-final after picking up a yellow card for a silly challenge on the keeper, the nation was rocked with the news that boy-wonder Neymar would play no further part in the tournament after fracturing a vertebra. Beating a superb all round footballing machine will not be made any easier with your star attacker and defender both missing. (more…)