Neymar Ruled Out of FIFA World Cup With Fractured Vertebrae

Brazil will battle Germany in the FIFA World Cup semifinal without Neymar's support as the striker suffered a serious injury during the match against Colombia.

updated: July 05, 2014 15:25 IST
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Neymar being carried off the field after he got injured during Brazil's match against Colombia.


Fortaleza: Brazil on Friday lost superstar striker Neymar for the World Cup after he fractured a vertebrae during his side's 2-1 World Cup quarter final win over Colombia.

Colombia defender Juan Zuniga kneed the 22-year-old Neymar in a crunching tackle and the Barcelona player was stretchered off in agony in the closing minutes of the game in Forteleza. (Also read: Neymar injury bombshell rocks Brazil)

The injury and the suspension of captain Thiago Silva for the semi-final against Germany overshadowed a sensational David Luiz goal that sealed victory in one of the most physical games seen at this World Cup.

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