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By CAITLIN MURRAY
After losing their best player in Neymar, Brazil went into Tuesday’s semifinal against Germany suddenly looking like an underdog. But they left looking like they had been swapped out for a look-alike reserve team as Germany pummeled them with goals. Even missing Neymar to injury and central defender Thiago Silva to yellow card accumulation, Brazil suffering such a clinical 7-1 loss to the Germans was stunning for the host country that many predicted to win the whole tournament.
The Netherlands and Argentina will compete Wednesday for the spot to face Germany in the final and the Dutch could be without their biggest star. Robin van Persie is dealing with an upset stomach and his inclusion in the Dutch’s semifinal will be a game-time decision, coach Louis van Gaal told reporters on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, some of the players that featured during the U.S. Men’s National Team’s unsuccessful World Cup run are attracting plenty of interest overseas, including DeAndre Yedlin. There’s no deal done yet, but SBI looked at the options he has to weigh while he is a hot commodity on the transfer market.
Here is a rundown of all the stories featured on SBI today:
U.S. MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM
The SBI Show: Episode 152 (Recapping the USMNT’s World Cup, and more)
NATIONAL WOMEN’S SOCCER LEAGUE
NWSL Week 13: A Look Back