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World Cup 2014 Semifinal Open Thread: Brazil vs. Germany

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Two of the world's premier footballing nations compete in today's semifinal match.

Buda Mendes

The World Cup is down to the final four and every remaining match is a big one. Today we start off with the hosts, Brazil, in  a match up against the Germans for the first spot in the final.

With neither team putting in a dominating display in the quarterfinals this is anyone's game and, if Brazil's foul-heavy previous matches are any indication, this could be a match heavily influenced by the standard set by the referee. Even more heavily felt, however, will be the absence of Neymar as he recovers from the broken bone in his back that he suffered against Colombia four days ago.

Will Neymar's absence spur his countrymen on or will his loss break Brazil?

This is your all-purpose World Cup open thread. Drop in to make some predictions, talk about the games, or anything else World Cup related.

Today's Game

Brazil vs. Germany

Watch it on: ESPN

Kick off: 1:00 PM PT at Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte

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