Brazil's worst nightmare has become its reality.
Neymar, the young man carrying a nation's hopes on his shoulders, will watch from the sidelines as his teammates try to win the World Cup its nation demands.
When the 21-year-old hit the deck following a challenge from Colombia's Juan Zuniga in Friday's quarterfinal victory, the country held its breath.
After it was announced the talismanic No. 10 had fractured a vertabrae, Brazilian hopes looked dashed.
Without Neymar, and deprived of the services of its captain Thiago Silva after he picked up a booking in that last eight win, would Brazil be able to overcome a strong Germany team in the semifinals?
Tonight, we find out.
I'm Tom McGowan, myself and Chris Murphy will be your guides through the first semifinal of the 2014 World Cup.
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