Jimmy Tau: Crunch time for Scolari

Tau says without Neymar, Brazil are going to find new ways to score when they take on Germany.

EWN's World Cup team: Marc Lewis & Jimmy Tau in Rio de Janeiro on 6 July 2014. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

RIO DE JANEIRO - Former Kaizer Chiefs Captain Jimmy Tau believes Brazil are going to struggle to breach the German defence tonight.

The two teams meet in the World Cup semifinals match tonight, with all the talk still about the absence of Neymar.

To make matters worse, Thiago Silva's appeal was denied by Fifa, meaning the captain will definitely miss out on the match.

Tau says without the Barcelona star, Brazil are going to find new ways to score, even though other strikers have been misfiring.

"They are very thin upfront, Fred and Jo have not really lived up to expectations, and that has left a lot of responsibility on Neymar. Now that he's injured it will be quite interesting to see what plan B Scolari could come up with."

Latin American fans are hoping Brazil meet their arch-rivals Argentina in football's biggest showcase at the Maracana stadium, but the Netherlands and Germany stand in their way as four heavyweight teams slug it out in the semi-finals.

Tonight's match will give Brazil an opportunity to prove that they are not one-man team. Neymar's absence leaves a gaping hole in the side, with Jo, Fred and Hulk all misfiring.

This situation adds even further pressure on youngsters, Willian and Bernard.

This has led many locals to believe this is the end of the road for Brazil.

They have an unprecedented record at home, unbeaten since 2002, a record they certainly would like to keep intact.

Brazil face a well-developed side, Germany.

The German team has been groomed for quite some time and this could be the year fans stop referring to it as "that young German side" and instead that "champion winning side".

Germany are undefeated in Brazil, but have not faced a Latin American team yet.

Their four wins were against Portugal, the United States, Algeria and France with a draw against Ghana.

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