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BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil – Brazil did it once without Pele, and just about everyone in the country is waiting and hoping to do it again without Neymar.
The Brazilians advanced to the semifinals of the World Cup last week, but they lost their best player in doing so. Neymar, the national team's star attraction with the same yellow No. 10 jersey that Pele made world famous, fractured a vertebra after being kneed in the back and will miss the rest of the tournament.
That means Brazil will have to do without Neymar when the team plays Germany in the semifinals on Tuesday at Mineirao Stadium. And for the final, if they make it that far.
Student Matheus Christoff says "in 1962, we won without Pele, so we can win without Neymar."