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Brazil need psychiatrist to get over Neymar injury

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The Brazil team have turned to a psychiatrist to help them get over the horror of golden boy Neymar's injury, which has forced him to miss the rest of the World Cup. 

According to the Daily Mirror, Luis Felipe Scolari's men are still in shock from the incident, and have needed to seek some professional help, in order clear the dark shadow that now looms over them, ahead of their clash with Germany tonight. 

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Thiago Silva

Brazil's star player suffered a bad challenge as Colombia defender Juan Zuniga went through his back, which turned out to be much worse than first feared as results later revealed that had indeed fractured his vertebra. 

Brazil captain Silva - who will miss tonight's semi-final due to a ban - made his feelings of disgust perfectly clear, by calling Zuniga a 'coward' and the defender also explained how former Chelsea psychiatrist Regina Brandao has prepared them to face the germans without their key man. 

"We just talk about a lot of things – Neymar being one of them – but she emphasised we all have to feel at ease," Silva told reporters. 

"Neymar has already done what he had to do. Now it's up to the other 22 to go out there and do everything for victory. He wanted to be here.

"And now, a coward's tackle – some people say it was normal, but I don't think it was... That kind of challenge isn't done. You can't get the ball from someone by putting your knee into a player's back, it's not normal. But there you are.”

Semi-Final

The first of the two big semi-final showdowns will commence in Belo Horizonte tonight, between the two nations who have won the World Cup the most, as host Brazil take on Germany. As the team selection, beckons ever closer, Brazil boss Scolari faces some tough decisions.

Scolari must choose whether he will make a more defensive mindset and play Luis Gustavo Paulinho and Fernandinho, or bring in Chelsea winger Willian, as he looks to compensate for the hole left by Neymar. 

Although, whichever tactical approach Scolari takes, he has confident that his side will do what's expected of them and reach the final. 

He said: "If I play with three defensive midfielders, that's one option. I will give the full-backs more freedom, obviously.

“We've been working a lot to overcome obstacles since the beginning. We had to overcome problems and weaknesses to get to where we wanted, to get through the group and the round of 16 and so forth. We continue to do that.

"We'll play for us, for Neymar, but above all we'll go after the goal the group has had since the beginning: to qualify for the final.”

History 

Brazil are looking for their sixth World cup crown and will look to stop at nothing to try and accomplish that. There have been questions about this current crop of Brazilian stars, all of which have been answered so far but the big test comes tonight.

They play a resilient and talented team, in the germans, who are capable of beating any side on their day and will no doubt have to play at the top of their game if they are to have a chance. 

Another key factor will be their support. The passionate crowd will have to drive their nation on like never before, with their two best players missing, if they are to make history and be the first Brazilian side to win the World Cup on home soil. 

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