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Neymar out of Cup as Brazil and Germany make semis

BELO HORIZONTE (Reuters) – Hosts Brazil suffered a outrageous blow when they mislaid heading brazen Neymar for a rest of a World Cup by damage on Friday as they set adult an epic-looking semi-final opposite Europe’s biggest remaining group Germany.

Brazil’s poster-boy, in superb form with 4 goals during a tournament, fractured a vertebra nearby a finish of a 2-1 quarter-final win over Colombia and will be out for several weeks.

“It doesn’t need surgery, nonetheless he’ll need to paralyze it to recover,” group alloy Rodrigo Lasmar said.

The news dampened a horde nation’s celebrations, given a team’s faith on a 22-year-old Barcelona forward’s ability and talismanic presence. Many bookmakers now have Brazil and Germany as dilemma favorites during around 9/4.

“It’s a misfortune probable news. Neymar is so critical to us. It is going to be so formidable opposite Germany now,” pronounced repelled tyro Fabian Ruiz, 19, dressed in a yellow Brazil shirt and quaffing drink with friends in a Belo Horizonte street.

“They contingency do it for him. We all have to combine now.”

Brazil face their biggest exam of a contest in a semi-final in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday opposite Germany, who degraded France in their quarter-final progressing on Friday.

The strife of styles and continents will excite fans around a world, nonetheless Neymar’s deficiency is a large disappointment.

He writhed in pain and was taken off a representation on a bracket after receiving a knee in a behind from Colombia defender Juan Camilo Zuniga. Fans collected outward a sanatorium in Fortaleza cheering “Be strong” as Neymar was wheeled in.

“I wish it’s zero serious, let’s urge to God. He is a good talent for Brazil and for a world,” Zuniga said.


The five-time champion’s feat finished Colombia’s dream run to their initial quarter-final in a ardent and earthy game.

First, Brazil captain Thiago Silva bundled in Neymar’s dilemma with his waist after 7 mins to settle his bold group mates. Then a pumped-up David Luiz scored with a high 69th notation giveaway flog to put Brazil dual goals ahead.

Colombia’s man-of-the-moment James Rodriguez pulled his side behind into a compare from a chastisement spot, his sixth idea of a tournament, with only over 10 mins remaining.

But Brazil’s passion and will saw them reason firm.

“It was a good match, both teams played pleasing football,” pronounced a romantic Luiz, who prayed on a representation and hugged Rodriguez in satisfaction during a end.

Rodriguez, a aim of severe diagnosis from a Brazilians, wept distraughtly during a end. But he will prolonged be remembered as one of a good players of this World Cup.

“We wanted to lift on, nonetheless we reason a heads high,” he said. “We left a skins out there.”

Predictably, Brazil came to a delay during a game, with businesses sealed and cans rattling in dull streets as locals packaged into homes, bars and beachside fanzones.

The final alarm signaled a cacophony of parties and fireworks in a republic whose people trust they are unfailing to win a sixth World Cup on home soil. That joy, though, was fast gradual by a news about Neymar.

In a serve worry for Brazil, they will be though captain Thiago Silva for a Germany diversion after a yellow label for a unnecessary tainted on goalkeeper David Ospina.

In a progressing quarter-final in Rio de Janeiro, defender Mats Hummels shook off a effects of influenza and heat to win a surprisingly resigned compare opposite France with a well-steered 13th notation header from a giveaway kick.

It gave Germany a conspicuous fourth unbroken World Cup semi-final spot.

“I wish a float isn’t over nonetheless and we wish we’ll be behind here,” a 25-year-old Hummels said, referring to a Jul 13 final, also during Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium


He brushed off a plea from France’s Raphael Varane, appearing to pull him lightly, to accommodate a turn ideally before wheeling divided in pleasure after securing a dream early lead. Though perennially competitive, a Germans have not won football’s ultimate climax given 1990 notwithstanding carrying a bigger pool talent given a joint of West and East.

‘Les Bleus’ looked unexcited nonetheless did have their moments, not slightest a severe last-gasp shot by striker Karim Benzema that goalkeeper Manuel Neuer stopped one-handed. “That was only an involuntary reaction,” pronounced a medium Neuer.

In truth, Germany, whose group showed no ill effects of a influenza pathogen ominous their stay in new days, never looked in good risk of losing and surrogate Andre Schuerrle squandered dual chances to secure a some-more graceful scoreline.

Though losing once some-more to aged rivals Germany was painful, France have during slightest easy some honour after a annoyance of in-fighting and a initial turn exit in 2010.

“We had a chances. But they had some-more knowledge than we did. They had us underneath control,” pronounced manager Didier Deschamps.

Away from a action, ashamed Uruguay striker Luis Suarez perceived a second offer to continue personification football during his four-month anathema for satirical an Italy defender during a World Cup.

Nart FC, a bar in a self-declared Republic of Abkhazia within Georgia, pronounced Suarez could join them and keep compare fit since a internal association is not partial of FIFA.

Hajvalia from Kosovo have also offering a Liverpool striker – reportedly in talks over a probable send to Barcelona – a possibility to play for them. The Kosovo Football Federation is also not a member of soccer’s universe ruling body.

In a remaining dual quarter-finals on Saturday, Europe squares off opposite Latin America.

First, Lionel Messi-led Argentina take on dim horses Belgium in a compare that is tough to predict. Both teams have won 4 games from four, nonetheless curiously each win was by a single-goal margin, and conjunction have nonetheless sparkled as expected.

In Saturday’s second game, a Netherlands are prohibited favorites to finish underdogs Costa Rica’s dream run, nonetheless will have to ensure opposite relief given a Central Americans’ unusual campaign, including wins over Italy and Uruguay.

(Additional stating by Erik Kirschbaum, Mark Gleeson, Elzio Barreto, Andrew Downie, Karolos Grohmann, Caroline Stauffer in Brazil; Dmitriy Rogovitskiy in Moscow; Luis-Jaime Acosta in Bogota)

Article source: http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/07/05/us-soccer-world-idINKBN0F91V620140705

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