World Cup Finals 2014

Match of the Day Live: MOTD: First Semi-Final

Match of the Day Live: MOTD: First Semi-Final

About this programme

Brazil v Germany (Kick-off 9.00pm). Gary Lineker presents coverage of the first semi-final, which takes place at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The host nation have only faced European opposition once en route to the last four, that being a 3-1 victory in the opening fixture against Croatia, and this time they face arguably the strongest team that continent has to offer, and will have to do so without the services of the injured Neymar and suspended Thiago Silva. The Germans reached this stage courtesy of a hard-fought 1-0 victory over France in the quarter-finals, with centre-back Mats Hummels scoring the only goal of the game. In reaching this stage, the Germans have set a World Cup record in reaching the semi-finals at four consecutive tournaments, but they will look to improve on each of those performances having finished as runners-up in 2002, and failing to progress to the final in 2006 and 2010. In the event of extra-time and penalties, subsequent programmes are subject to change.

Cast and crew


Gary Lineker