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World Cup semifinal: Brazil vs. Germany

The Globe's Rob Harms and John Powers provide updates and commentary as the teams play for a spot in the final.

    Welcome back for another session of World Cup live updates. Today's semifinal match between Brazil and Germany starts at 4 p.m. Follow along for analysis, commentary, photos, videos, and more on the match from The Globe's soccer team.
    Rob Harms 7/8/2014 7:11:41 PM
    Brazil's Starting XI

    4-2-3-1: Júlio César (G); Maicon, D Luiz, Dante, Marcelo (D); Fernandinho, L Gustavo (DM); Hulk, Oscar, Bernard (AM); Fred (S)
    Rob Harms 7/8/2014 7:13:23 PM

    Bernard replaces Neymar for Brazil vs. Germany

    By the Associated Press
    BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil  — With Neymar out injured, Bernard will start as a third forward for Brazil on Tuesday in the World Cup semifinal against Germany.

    Neymar will miss the rest of the World Cup after fracturing a vertebra in his back in the quarterfinal win over Colombia.

    Maicon will also start against Germany, replacing Dani Alves for the second match in a row.
    Central defender Dante will play for Thiago Silva, the Brazil captain who is suspended.

    The Germany lineup is unchanged from the quarterfinal win over France, with Miroslav Klose leading the attack and Philipp Lahm still at right back.

    Brazil: Julio Cesar; Maicon, Dante, David Luiz, Marcelo; Luiz Gustavo, Fernandinho, Oscar; Bernard, Fred, Hulk.
    Germany: Manuel Neuer; Philipp Lahm, Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng, Benedikt Hoewedes; Sami Khedira, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Toni Kroos, Mesut Ozil, Thomas Mueller; Miroslav Klose.
    Matt Pepin, Sports Editor 7/8/2014 7:15:23 PM
    Germany's Starting XI

    4-2-3-1: Neuer (G); Lahm, Hummels, Boateng, Höwedes (D); Schweinsteiger, Khedira (DM); Müller, Kroos, Özil (AM); Klose (ST)
    Rob Harms 7/8/2014 7:16:25 PM
    Biggest storyline is obviously Neymar's absence. He is the soul of Brazil – his passion, creativity, and flair embody the country's being – and he will be missed. The story has been you can't walk 10 feet in Brazil this summer without seeing someone wear a No. 10 jersey.
    Rob Harms 7/8/2014 7:22:50 PM
    Other notes:
    • Brazilian defender and captain Thiago Silva is also out because of yellow-card accumulation. He scored Brazil's first goal in their 2-1 semifinal win over Colombia and is their emotional leader. Another huge absence.
    Rob Harms 7/8/2014 7:35:49 PM
    • German striker Miroslav Klose is the Tim Duncan of international soccer. This is his fourth World Cup and he's tied for the lead in career World Cup goals (with former Brazilian great Ronaldo) at 15.
    Rob Harms 7/8/2014 7:37:21 PM
    • The only other time these teams have met in the World Cup was in the 2002 final. Brazil won, 2-0.
    Rob Harms 7/8/2014 7:37:59 PM
    Brazil might have the coolest collective hair in the tournament (even sans Neymar)
    Rob Harms 7/8/2014 8:06:50 PM
    That German counter was punishing and fierce.
    Rob Harms 7/8/2014 8:10:31 PM
    And it's Mueller who scores the game's first goal on a bad defensive breakdown by Brazil
    Rob Harms 7/8/2014 8:11:40 PM
    If anyone remembers the US's unlikely run in the 2009 Confederations Cup when they led Brazil, 2-0, at halftime in the final then lost, 3-2, you know the Brazilians are never out of a game. Of course, the opponent is now Germany and not an upstart US squad.
    Rob Harms 7/8/2014 8:17:07 PM

    Brazil players held the jersey of their injured teammate, Neymar, as they sang their national anthem prior to the start of the game. (AP photo)

    Matt Pepin, Sports Editor 7/8/2014 8:18:15 PM
    Marcelo looking like a man on a mission.
    Rob Harms 7/8/2014 8:19:20 PM
    Klose is now the all-time leader in World Cup goals after that persevering strike. He's scored 16 goals in four tournaments.
    Rob Harms 7/8/2014 8:23:25 PM
    Rob Harms 7/8/2014 8:25:40 PM
    Germans completely outclassing Brazil. Few expected this. 4-0 in the 27th minute.
    Rob Harms 7/8/2014 8:26:57 PM
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