Neymar going off on a stretcher must have been every Brazil fan’s nightmare. He appeared to be in a significant amount of pain, but Brazil have proved that their World Cup bid is about far more than a reliance upon their poster boy.

David Luiz and Thiago Silva scored the crucial goals as the hosts beat Colombia 2-1. Luiz Felipe Scolari has guided his charges to his third ever World Cup semi-final (the last two times he got there he knocked out England on the way).

The momentum is with the hosts and there appears to be a real sense of belief and desire that nothing will stop them from winning on home turf.

They may not have reached the dizzy heights that have been expected of them but they have overcome two stern tests in Colombia and Chile. Germany will face an extremely motivated Brazil on Tuesday and Neymar looks unlikely to feature.

When there is will, there is a way and here’s why Brazil are now the favourites for the World Cup come up against.

 1. Brazil’s two goals this evening were scored by defenders they have goals all over their team

2. They stopped the star of the World Cup so far James Rodriguez. It can’t get harder than that.

 

3. It doesn’t always have to be pretty, they simply know how to win

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