Germany can take one step closer to a first World Cup win since 1990 if they can beat a weakened Brazil side in Belo Horizonte's semi-final on Tuesday.
The Germans have an astonishing record in World Cups, per football writer Conor Clancy, but have not actually won the famous trophy for 24 years:
Equally, Brazil are the most decorated side in international footballing history and are looking to claim their sixth World Cup victory.
The first of the two semi-finals, Tuesday's clash between two behemoths of the game is set to be a high-intensity occasion with a place in the final on the line.
Read on for live-streaming information as well as predictions for the game on Day 27 of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Date: Tuesday, July 8
Time: 9 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ET
TV Info: BBC1 (UK), ESPN (US)
Brazil will be missing two of their best players for Tuesday's semi-final as Neymar was injured and Thiago Silva picked up a second yellow card in the hosts' 2-1 quarter-final match with Colombia.
Brazil attempted to appeal the skipper's ban in a rare move but their claims were unsurprisingly rejected by FIFA, per the Guardian's Daniel Taylor:
Fifa just put out statement saying a) no action against Juan Zuniga b) Brazil's appeal against Thiago Silva booking/ban rejected— Daniel Taylor (@DTguardian) July 7, 2014
In criticism of Colombia's Juan Zuniga—whose tackle put Neymar out for the rest of the World Cup—Silva was unequivocal, per the Independent's Sam Williams, despite the Brazilian side's consistent aggression towards James Rodriguez in the quarter final:
Thiago Silva calls Zuniga challenge on Neymar 'a coward tackle ... it's not normal'— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceIndy) July 7, 2014
Colombia's star man was clearly targeted by a very physical Brazil approach on Friday and the Sunday Times' Jonathan Northcroft had little praise for the style:
Brazil will be close to unwatchable without Neymar. It was a return to the bad old days with the targeting of Rodriguez and him.— Jonathan Northcroft (@JNorthcroft) July 5, 2014
Certainly Neymar has somewhat carried Brazil so far in this tournament and with Silva also not involved, they could struggle against Germany.
While Low's side have been slightly inconsistent in the tournament so far, they have been impressive in patches and are not over-reliant on any one player—although Thomas Mueller is a key component.
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Low showed he was prepared to change style as he reverted to former ways in their 1-0 last-eight win over France as Philipp Lahm moved back into defence and Miroslav Klose returned to the starting lineup as a genuine striker.
He was vindicated on that occasion, per the Sun-Herald's Craig Foster, and Germany's ability to change style—as well as the fact that they will not be bullied by Brazil—gives them the edge, especially with the quality they have in their ranks.
Huge calls by Jogi under pressure: Klose in, Lahm right back, Schweini/Khedira together. Paid off. Good management, bold. Germans too good— Craig Foster (@Craig_Foster) July 4, 2014
It could be the end of the road for Brazil in their home tournament as, without arguably their two most important players, they look susceptible to being undone by a strong, organised German side.
Klose is just one goal away from beating former Brazil legend Ronaldo's record for all-time highest goalscorer in World Cups per ESPN:
Low started him against France in the quarter-finals and he will no doubt have a role to play once again in Belo Horizonte.
He is a quality finisher and without Silva, Brazil will be weak at the back and will no doubt give Klose opportunities to find the net. Expect him to take at least one of those and break a Brazilian record against the Selecao in their own back yard.
Furthermore, Germany's attacking ability should see them score first which would require Brazil to go on the attack in search of an equaliser and this will expose them at the back.
The German defence is pretty solid and will likely not be breached by a Brazil attack now reliant on the likes of Fred and Hulk.
However, their necessary attacking intent should allow Germany in again to take a comfortable win.
Final Score Prediction: Brazil 0-2 Germany