08 July 2014 | News Comments

Scolari confident Brazil will reach final

Neymar will have to watch from afar, but that will not stop Brazil from beating Germany, according to coach Luiz Felipe Scolari.

Brazil and Germany will lock horns on Tuesday night for a place in the World Cup final.

For the first time at this World Cup, Scolari will have to do without Neymar, who is out of the tournament because of a back injury he sustained against Colombia.

Bernard and Willian, the two favourites to replace Neymar in the starting XI, are nowhere near as good as the 22-year-old Barcelona star, but Scolari has faith in his team to get the job done.

"Neymar is one of our references and one of the best players in the world, but we have another 22 players who have been hand-picked and capped because we know they are special," the Brazil coach said.

"Those guys who come in are special. They can make a big difference.

"This is what we are conveying to our players. We will miss Neymar, but we have a team who can overcome the difficulties and go on into the next round.

"That's the goal the group has had since the beginning: to qualify for the final."

Scolari invited Neymar to the semi-final in Belo Horizonte, but the Brazil Football Federation said the forward will instead be recuperating in Sao Paulo.

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