Thomas Mueller (L) celebrating after scoring a penalty and Brazil's defender David Luiz celebrating at the end of the penalty shootout. (AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ / FABRICE COFFRINI)
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Brazil must overcome the massive blow dealt by the injury to marquee forward Neymar if they are to beat frighteningly consistent Germany Tuesday and book a World Cup final spot on home soil for a second time.Neymar, who scored four goals in the tournament, fractured a vertebra late in the game and will be out for the rest of the tournament but for Brazil there is no alternative but to get to the final in Rio de Janeiro on July 13 .Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari will be forced to reshuffle his team in two positions with captain Thiago Silva suspended for the game against opponents who have made a record fourth consecutive World Cup semi-final.If anyone knows how to beat the Germans it is Scolari who led Brazil to their most recent world title in 2002 with a 2-0 victory over Germany in the final in what is, surprisingly, the teams' only previous World Cup meeting.
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