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Neymar down: Brazil to face Germany in World Cup semi-final without star striker

Published time: July 05, 2014 01:56
Edited time: July 05, 2014 04:38
Brazil's Thiago Silva celebrates after scoring a goal during the 2014 World Cup quarter-finals between Brazil and Colombia at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza July 4, 2014 (Reuters / Marcelo Del Pozo)

Brazil's Thiago Silva celebrates after scoring a goal during the 2014 World Cup quarter-finals between Brazil and Colombia at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza July 4, 2014 (Reuters / Marcelo Del Pozo)

Mass celebrations in Brazil over victory in a quarterfinal match against Colombia have been tainted by the announcement that young star striker Neymar will not be doing his magic for the remainder of the World Cup after suffering a broken vertebra.

“Unfortunately, he's not going to be able to play,” the team doctor, Rodrigo Lasmar told Brazil's SportTV. “It's not easy news to give but the truth is he won't be available for the rest of the World Cup.”

“The tests showed a fracture near the third vertebra. It won't need surgery but he needs to be immobilised to control the pain. He cannot play, a week will not be enough,” Lasmar said.

Brazil's Neymar grimaces in pain as he is carried off pitch on a stretcher during their 2014 World Cup quarter-finals against Colombia at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza July 4, 2014 (Reuters / Fabrizio Bensch)

Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, aka Neymar or Neymar Jr., a forward for Spanish club FC Barcelona, was caught from behind by Colombian defender Juan Zuniga during a tense game in Fortaleza. The 22-year-old had to be carried on a stretcher off the pitch.

Zuniga after the march told reporters that the tackle was not intentional.“I never meant to hurt the player. I was on the field, playing for the shirt of my country,” he said.

The young injured forward was performing spectacularly well in the championship scoring two goals in each of the matches against Croatia and Cameron.

Brazil's national soccer players celebrate after the 2014 World Cup quarter-finals between Brazil and Colombia at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza July 4, 2014 (Reuters / Marcelo Del Pozo)

Brazil, which was eliminated in the quarterfinals at the last two World Cups, will on Tuesday face Germany, which beat France 1:0 earlier in the day.

"This is terrible news. The worst possible news," said Brazilian student Fabian Ruiz. "It is going to be so difficult against Germany now."

"We were so happy but now it is sad. Very sad," said Monica Ferreira, 27, who watched the game at Sao Paulo bar with friends. "He is our best player. We love him because he plays so hard when he puts on the Brazil shirt."

Besides Neymar, Brazil will be playing without its captain Silva after he picked up a second yellow card of the tournament in a foul on Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina.

Even without their star forward and captain, Brazil exploded into mass party mode after a hard-fought World Cup quarterfinal match.

As the final whistle blew millions of fans wearing yellow jerseys – who were watching the match either at home or on a massive screen at Copacabana beach – jumped and screamed with joy.

A Brazil fan cheers before the 2014 World Cup quarter-finals between Brazil and Colombia at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza July 4, 2014 (Reuters / Jorge Silva)

Comments (40)

 

Diomede Cassar 06.07.2014 09:56

Yes it is circus but in a small dose it is needed for human relaxation. It becomes an alienation and mass amnesia when people are bombarded with sport to keep them duped and prevent them from using their brain to think of other more vital and important things. That is the problem with our enslaved pseudo so called "Western Democratic World." Everything is fake even sports itself many times and only meant to alienate and dupe to prevent us from using our grey matter and realize the brutality and inhumanity of our corporate tyranny.

 

Diomede Cassar 06.07.2014 09:47

I saw the match and the brutal tackle on Silva and its replay. The intervention was deliberate. No doubt about it. Zuniga rose and came down hard, knee up on Silva's back. He could have killed him! It was a clear Red Card. Yet no sanction from the referee on the offending player nor foul. It is disgusting! It seems someone has decided to prevent brazil from winning the World Cup by knocking out its main striker. I am still shocked no sanction against Zuniga was ever taken by FIFA!

 

KukriCut 05.07.2014 19:51

Impulse 05.07.2014 10:05

I can't believe grown people still believe in this farce of a tournament. Just goes to show... people LOVE being distracted from reality so much they actually don't mind being mind controlled foolsball supporters. -_-

  


Give the people bread and circuses and they won't give a toss about what is happening in the world.

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