World Cup 2014: Without Neymar, Brazil's Focus not on Attack

With Neymar out due to injury, Brazil are having to turn the focus away from its once-mighty attack ahead of the semifinal against Germany on Tuesday, hoping the rest of the team will be able to come through and carry the hosts into the final.

Updated: July 07, 2014 21:44 IST
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Brazil will be without their star goal-scorer Neymar when they take on Germany in the FIFA World Cup semis

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With Neymar out and Brazil's forwards ineffective throughout the World Cup, it will be up to the team's defenders and midfielders to keep Brazil in contention at the World Cup. (Neymar denies trying to play if Brazil reach final)

Brazil are having to turn the focus away from its once-mighty attack ahead of the semifinal against Germany on Tuesday, hoping the rest of the team will be able to come through and carry the hosts into the final. (I can't feel my legs, cried Neymar)

Brazil scored 10 goals in its first five matches, with half of them coming from defenders and midfielders. Neymar scored four, with center forward Fred only finding the net once. Defenders scored the team's last three goals. (Brazil ready to cope without Neymar)

Without any reliable options for the attack, coach Luiz Felipe Scolari is almost certain to replace striker Neymar with a midfielder. (Brazil may excel without Neymar: Schweinsteiger)

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