Football

Scolari: Win 
it for Neymar

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has urged his squad to use star striker Neymar's loss as motivation when they face Germany in the semi-finals of the World Cup tomorrow morning (Singapore time).

The 22-year-old will miss the remainder of the tournament after suffering a broken vertebra towards the end of his side's 2-1 quarter-final win against Colombia.

"I think the additional motivation we must have in every match is going up another step and getting closer to our objective of the final," Scolari said this morning.

"The way Neymar spoke to the players made them understand that he had done his share and now we need to do our share.

"Myself, the other players, all the Brazilian people. This match is very important, it could take us to the final.

"We are playing for our country, it is everything we imagined and dreamed of, and also for Neymar."

Scolari's roughhouse tactics in getting his side into the last four have been heavily criticised as they committed a tournament-high 31 fouls in overcoming Colombia.

And the former Chelsea boss admitted that they haven't gone about their business in the most attractive style on home soil.

"We are doing everything step-by-step, not always in the most beautiful way but we are getting closer to playing the final at home and so everything is as scheduled."

Meanwhile, Brazil captain Thiago Silva, who is suspended for the semi-final, has backed his likely replacement, Bayern Munich's Dante, to do well.

DANTE IN?

As the captain left the pitch after the Colombia match, he embraced Dante and spoke to him.

Said Silva: "I said 'This might be your moment to go out there and show all your skills'.

"He was one of the first players to greet me, and I said 'Look, the opportunity will arise'.

"But it's up to the coach to select him. Dante's definitely ready.

"He's someone who works very hard. He's one of the first to get to training and one of the 
last to leave." - Wire 
Services.


“The way Neymar spoke to the players made them understand that he had done his share and now we need to do our share.”

- Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari

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