Bernard starts for Brazil, Germany unchanged for World Cup semifinal

Bernard starts in place of Neymar while Germany's side is unchanged for the World Cup semifinal.

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Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has made a surprise selection for his side against Germany in the first World Cup semifinal on Tuesday.

Scolari has opted to field Bernard in place of the injured Neymar, with Willian and Ramires settling for places on the bench. The young winger will likely start on the left, with Hulk pushed over to the right and Oscar deployed centrally.

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Germany coach Joachim Löw hasn't made any changes to the side that eliminated France in the quarterfinals, meaning veteran and all-time joint-top World Cup goalscorer Miroslav Klose keeps his position between Thomas Müller and the under-performing Mesut Özil in attack.

Brazil starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Júlio César; Marcelo, David Luiz, Dante, Maicon; Luiz Gustavo, Fernandinho; Bernard, Oscar, Hulk; Fred.

Germany starting lineup (4-3-3): Manuel Neuer; Benedikt Höwedes, Mats Hummels, Jérôme Boateng, Philipp Lahm; Toni Kroos, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Sami Khedira; Thomas Müller, Miroslav Klose, Mesut Özil.

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