• Brazil are without Neymar with a fractured vertebra.
• Thiago Silva, who collected a second yellow card in the quarter-final win over Colombia, is suspended.
• The captain is expected to be replaced by Dante.
• Germany, meanwhile, are without Shkodran Mustafi for the semi-final and, if they win, the final, after he suffered a thigh problem against Algeria in the last-16 tie.
• Per Mertesacker, who like several team-mates, has been suffering with flu, undergoes a test.
• If experience counts in high-pressure games such as this then both coaches have it in bucketfuls; Luiz Felipe Scolari and Joachim Löw are in their third World Cup semi-finals.
• The Brazil coach took his country to the last four in 2002 and repeated the feat with four years later, with Portugal.
• Löw was assistant to assistant to Jürgen Klinsmann in 2006 and, after replacing the coach, he led Germany to the 2010 semi-final.
• Losing Neymar will handicap Brazil but, on the plus side, the home crowd will act as a 12th man.
• Neither side have impressed on a regular basis, and one wonders whether they are holding something back for this stage.
• The hosts have the territorial advantage but Germany have goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who could prove invaluable if the tie goals to penalties.
• Stat of the game: These teams have met 21 times, with Germany winning only four and losing 12.
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