Hard Dose of Reality Impinges on Brazil's Fairy Tale Victory

Brazil defeated Colombia in the quarterfinal but will now miss the services of Neymar - who was injured during the match - and Thiago Silva who has been disqualified for semifinal against Germany.

updated: July 05, 2014 14:20 IST
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Brazil striker Neymar (L) will take no further part in FIFA World Cup after he suffered a serious back injury.


Rio de Janeiro: Neymar has brought a lot of joy to Brazilians in the last few weeks, but he and they were in a lot of pain Friday night.

This World Cup, Brazil's World Cup, changed irrevocably with a single knee to Neymar's back from Colombian defender Juan Camilo Zuniga.

Most Brazilians have considered the prospect of losing the tournament, but winning or losing it without Neymar was not part of the scenario.

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