Neymar absence leaves Brazil without hope

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Brazil's celebrations after progressing to the semi finals of the World Cup were cut short with the news that star man Neymar is out of the tournament.

The hosts beat Colombia 2-1 thanks to a Thiago Silva header and a stunning free-kick from centre-back partner David Luiz.

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No hope?

But without their star man Neymar, they will face a tough clash with Germany in the last four. The striker recieved a knee in the back late on in the Colombia match and it was soon clear that it would his last involvement.

The 22-year old has been in magnificent form in the tournament scoring four goals in their five matches. Braces against Croatia in the opening game and Cameroon in their final group match helped them to two wins and, although he hasn't scored in the knockout round, he has inspired his team and driven them forward.

Nobody in this Brazil team can do what he does, as well as he does. He's always picking the ball up in between the opposition midfield and defence and running with it. His scoring record for his country is sensational - 35 goals in 54 matches.

Ominous German form

Brazil now face Germany in the last four as they prepare without their poster boy. Without Neymar, Brazil's main threat is from set-pieces. However, this shouldn't trouble a tall German side with the commanding Manuel Neuer in goal.

However, this German side have been less than convincing in this tournament. They didn't need to be at their best to beat France in the quarter finals and needed extra-time to overcome Algeria.

In their group they beat U.S.A narrowly and could consider themselves fortunate to draw 2-2 with Ghana. If you ignore their thrashing of Portugal when their opponents played with 10 men for the majority of the match, they haven't looked like world beaters.

But that's the sign of a good side. Winning when they're not at their best and they won't need to be at their best to beat this Brazil side without Neymar. The Germans must fancy their chances against the hosts who are missing their talisman. They will relish the chance to be the ultimate party poopers and, with the injury news of Neymar, it's a massive blow to Brazil and the millions of their fans.

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