Football

Hosts look to Pele and 1962 omen

Brazil have won a World Cup after losing their best player and they will be looking to the memory of 1962, when Pele was injured against Czechoslovakia, as an omen to get them over the loss of Neymar.

Veterans have also warned that the host nation could be fired up.

"If Germany think they are going to come up against a weak, discouraged team because we have lost Neymar, they would make an enormous mistake," said Ronaldo, who scored two goals the last time Brazil met Germany, in the final in 2002.

"They cannot underestimate the quality of Brazil - and Brazil have never been made up of only one player. In 1962, Pele got injured and could not play but Brazil still won the World Cup.

"Whoever steps into Neymar's shoes will just help and we are still the favourites." - Reuters.

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