Brazil vs Germany:
If this was Brazil, on home turf, with Thiago Silva and Neymar, I’d have no issue with saying Brazil to win. Even without Silva, I’d still be tempted, but without Neymar, I can’t see them doing it, not against what it a particularly grim and determined German team.
Argentina vs Netherlands:
Even without Di Maria, Messi might be able to drag Argentina through, especially if Higuaín has finally remembered how to play football. But this is a pretty solid Dutch team, and if anyone can think a team’s way to victory it is the evil genius van Gaal.
Somehow, I fear something that was set up perfectly to produce Brazil vs Argentina at the Maracanã, is going to wind up being Germany vs the Netherlands. The death of European football may have been grossly exaggerated.