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With Thiago Silva out for Brazil, David Luiz will captain Brazil in the World Cup semifinal against Germany (4 p.m. ESPN). That is not the biggest change for the five-time champions, however.
The host nation will be without Neymar, after the 22-year-old forward was knocked out of the host nation’s victory over Colombia with a fractured vertebrae. To this point in the tournament, Neymar has been in contention for the Golden Boot with four goals, trailing only Colombia’s James Rodriguez.
After narrowly escaping against Algeria, Germany had to hold on for dear life to beat France. Mats Hummels scored the lone goal for Germany 13 minutes into the match. Thanks to a big performance from Manuel Neuer, the Germans were able to hold on and keep their dream of a fourth World Cup triumph alive. Thomas Muller remains in contention for the Golden Boot, sitting level with Neymar and Lionel Messi with four goals.
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