Hosts 9/4 to win World Cup

  • Last Updated: July 5 2014, 10:28 BST

Brazil are 9/4 with Sky Bet for World Cup glory after they reached the semi-finals at Colombia's expense but were then hit with the news of Neymar being ruled out for the rest of the tournament.

Thiago Silva (right): Set Brazil on their way to victory
Thiago Silva (right): Set Brazil on their way to victory

The hosts claimed a 2-1 victory over their South American rivals in what was a high-octane quarter-final clash in Fortaleza.

Thiago Silva put Brazil 1-0 up early on and former Chelsea man David Luiz doubled their lead in the second half, before James Rodriguez's penalty set up a nervy final 10 minutes.

But Phil Scolari's side held on grimly, despite Neymar being carried off injured on a stretcher, and consequently tightened their grip on outright favouritism with Sky Bet.

They were initially cut to 15/8 but were eased out slightly to 2/1 when news of Neymar's tournament-ending back injury was confirmed. On Saturday morning they were further eased to 9/4.

Germany are now 9/4 joint-favourites with the Leeds-based firm after they claimed a 1-0 victory over France in Friday's other quarter-final.

Mats Hummels' early header proved enough as Joachim Low's team claimed a narrow win in Rio.

Germany always looked comfortable with the slender lead and came closest to scoring again before the end of the match.

Brazil and Germany will now lock horns in the last four on Tuesday night, with the former priced at 7/4 to progress inside 90 minutes.

Sky Bet's World Cup top goalscorer market sees the now-eliminated Rodriguez the 5/6 market leader after his coolly-converted spot-kick took his tournament tally to six.

Lionel Messi (four goals) is next on the list at 3/1 ahead of Argentina's quarter-final clash with Belgium on Saturday, while Neymar (four) is 5/1 and Thomas Muller (four) 6/1.