Brazil down Colombia but Neymar's Cup is over

Fri Jul 4, 2014 8:39pm EDT
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By Gideon Long

FORTALEZA Brazil (Reuters) - A stunning free kick from Brazil's David Luiz sealed a 2-1 win over Colombia in a bruising World Cup quarter-final on Friday but the hosts will next face Germany without their talisman Neymar.

Brazil's victory came at a heavy price as their leading scorer was carried off in agony with a fractured vertebra late in the game and he will not play again in this World Cup.

"It's not serious in the sense that it doesn't need surgery, but he'll need to immobilize it to recover, Brazilian team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar told a local television channel.

"Unfortunately, he's not going to be able to play (against Germany)," he said, adding that he expected the recovery period to take weeks.

Brazil will also be without their captain Thiago Silva for Tuesday's semi-final in Belo Horizonte. He was booked for an unnecessary challenge on the Colombian goalkeeper and will be suspended.

"I am emotional because I give the team my heart and soul," he said in a televised interview. "I am out the next game but Dante and Henrique can play well and fill my absence."

Brazil's victory took them into the last four of the World Cup for the first time since 2002 and the 11th time overall as they bid for a sixth world title. Their clash against the Germans is a repeat of the final in 2002 which Brazil won 2-0.

"It will be a big game - a classic in world terms, and it will be very hard," Luiz said.   Continued...

Brazil's Marcelo gestures over his injured teammate Neymar, who was fouled by Colombia's Camilo Zuniga (not pictured) during their 2014 World Cup quarter-finals at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza July 4, 2014. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger