Netherlands defeated Costa Rica 4-3 on penalties after 120 minutes of goalless contest. Argentina edged Belgium 1-0 last night (July 5) to reach the last-four for the first time since 1990. Also yesterday. Germany will be playing a record 13th time in the semi-finals and will face hosts Brazil, who will be without their star player Neymar. All four semi-finalists have been unbeaten so far in the tournament.
Here is the schedule for Semi-finals
July 8 – 20:00 GMT – Brazil Vs Germany (Belo Horizonte)
July 9 – 20:00 GMT – Netherlands Vs Argentina (Sao Paulo)
July 12 – 20:00 GMT – Third place play-off
Final July 13 – 19:00 GMT
Germany beat France 1-0
Brazil beat Colombia 2-1
Argentina beat Belgium 1-0
Netherlands beat Costa Rica 4-3 on penalties (0-0 after extra time)
Brazil vs. Germany: 4 p.m. EDT
WHERE IS THE MATCH?
Estadio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte
Kick-off: 21.00 BST
TV: BBC ONE.
Today Football Columnist Henry Winter, together with Germany and Brazil columnists Randall Hauk (@odroku) and Allen Chahad (@allenchahad), discussed the options open to head coach Luis Felipe Scolari and the threat posed by free-scoring Thomas Muller. And who they think will win the match. Emotions are running high in Minas Gerais. Will the ice-cool Teutons vanquish the hot-blooded samba kings?
Brazil (Possible, 4-2-3-1): Cesar; Maicon, Luiz, Dante, Marcelo; Gustavo, Fernandinho; Willian, Oscar, Hulk; Fred.
Germany (Possible, 4-3-3): Neuer; Lahm, Hummels, Boateng, Höwedes; Khedira, Schweinsteiger, Kroos; Özil, Müller, Götze.
Referee: Marco Rodríguez (Mexico).
During the past month, Brazil and Germ