Updates from Monday, July 7
The Sun reports that Brazil's effort to appeal Thiago Silva's one-match ban has been denied:
BREAKING: Brazil's appeal against Thiago Silva's semi-final ban has been turned down by FIFA— The Sun - Football (@TheSunFootball) July 7, 2014
Updates from Sunday, July 6
The Press Association, via the Daily Mail's staff, confirms Brazil has appealed Thiago Silva's suspension:
FIFA has confirmed Brazil have lodged an appeal against captain Thiago Silva's yellow card that has seen him banned for the semi-final against Germany.
Thiago picked up the caution against Colombia, imposed after he blocked goalkeeper David Ospina taking a kick, and as it was his second of the tournament he was automatically suspended.
The Brazilian federation (CBF) has lodged an appeal and FIFA head of media Delia Fischer said: "I can confirm we have received an appeal from the CBF and this is being analysed."
Brazilian centre-back and captain Thiago Silva is set to miss the semifinal clash against Germany after receiving a yellow card, his second of the tournament, against Colombia in the quarterfinals for colliding with goalkeeper David Ospina.
From ESPN FC:
Brazil captain Thiago Silva got a yellow card and suspension from the semifinal for this stupid foul on Ospina http://t.co/ssBRVHPbx5— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) July 4, 2014
Since a player is automatically suspended for a match if he receives two yellow cards between the group stage and quarterfinals, Silva will miss a crucial semifinal in front of his home nation.
Ives Galarcep of Soccer By Ives was among many who criticized his actions:
Terrible mistake from Thiago Silva, draws a silly yellow card and will now miss the semifinal if Brazil wins today. #Brutal— Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) July 4, 2014
That moment certainly made it a bittersweet game for Silva, who also scored the game's first goal on a set piece after Colombia didn't mark him on the back post.
Before the match, Silva had come under some scrutiny for his emotion after the Chile match, which included more than a few tears. He defended himself leading up to this match, however, per Robin Bairner of Goal.com:
No one really knows me, no one really knows what I'm like. I don't need to worry about what people say. This is just the way I am.
It's a natural thing for humans to be emotional. People are saying some silly things and that could make it more difficult. But it helps me. I have overcome many difficult moments.
Perhaps against Colombia, his emotions worked against him.
His suspension hurts Brazil against Germany on a number of fronts. For starters, the Germans have plenty of dangerous attacking options and will really test the Brazilian back line. For another thing, this German side is excellent on set pieces, where Silva's presence is so vital. And losing your captain in a match of this magnitude, against this opponent, with the amount of pressure Brazil have been under, is the worst-case scenario.
One would imagine Dante or Henrique will step in and pair with David Luiz at centre-back. While that doesn't represent a huge downgrade from Silva—Dante, for instance, is a regular for Bayern Munich—Silva has been a rock for Brazil in this tournament.
Germany will certainly take notice.