Brazil, Germany encounter tonight


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Brazil have struggled to cope with the expectation of a nation, Germany have excelled only in short spells, Argentina are supposedly over-reliant on Lionel Messi and the Netherlands required an unlikely goalkeeping intervention to beat Costa Rica.

But those four sides - despite plenty of scares along the way - are the ones left standing at the semi-final stage of the 2014 Fifa World Cup.

Brazil and Germany meet for only the second time in the World Cup when they face each other in the semi-final in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday.

The only other occasion was in the 2002 final at Yokohama in Japan - Ronaldo inspiring Brazil to a 2-0 win - and the prized place at the Maracana next Sunday is at stake.

Luiz Felipe Scolari was the coach behind that Brazil win - but can Joachim Low's Germany spoil his hopes of a historic second triumph and this nation's burning desire for a sixth World Cup?

 

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