At the start of the World Cup the whole of Brazil were looking forward to seeing their team give it their all and win the tournament on home turf. While the players would have already been pumped up to win the World Cup, they are now even more determined and are hoping to win the World Cup for their injured star striker Neymar, who has been ruled out of the tournament.
Brazil will face Germany in the first World Cup semi-final tonight and they have been seeing a sports psychologist to get them in the right mind-set for the match. Thiago Silva has been talking about working with Brazil team psychiatrist Regina Brandao, admitting that one of the key talking points was playing without Neymar.
Silva explained, "We just talk about a lot of things – Neymar being one of them – but she emphasised we all have to feel at ease. Neymar has already done what he had to do. Now it's up to the other 22 to go out there and do everything for victory. He wanted to be here."
He added, "And now, a coward's tackle – some people say it was normal, but I don't think it was... That kind of challenge isn't done. You can't get the ball from someone by putting your knee into a player's back, it's not normal. But there you are."
Following the Brazil v Germany semi-final match tonight, we will have the second semi-final between Netherlands and Argentina, which will take place tomorrow night.
Do you think Brazil can still win the World Cup without Neymar?