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Brazil striker Neymar to miss rest of World Cup



By Tales Azzoni

FORTALEZA, Brazil (AP) - Brazil's team doctor says Neymar will miss the rest of the World Cup after breaking a vertebrae during the team's quarterfinal win over Colombia.

Neymar was kneed in the back by Colombia defender Juan Camilo Zuniga in the second half of Brazil's 2-1 win, and was in tears when he was carried off the field on a stretcher.

He was taken to a local clinic and team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said after the match that the star striker had broken his third vertebrae.

Neymar is the Brazil's biggest star and has scored four goals for the team so far in the tournament.

Brazil plays Germany in the semifinals on Tuesday.

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marianicole62 July 04 2014 at 8:51 PM

God please bless him. Nobody should be happy about this, I don't care whose team it is. This kid could have been paralyzed.

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steve valentine July 04 2014 at 8:33 PM

Zuniga should have been red carded. He made no attempt for the ball. One of many cheap shots by him during the game.

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transferrd July 04 2014 at 9:37 PM

The referee was a joke. He did not control the game, gave no penalties. It got rougher and rougher on both sides. There is no excuse for what Zuniga did though and he should be suspended. AND FIRE THE JOKE OF A REF for allowing that sort of play.

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njwelge transferrd July 05 2014 at 12:51 AM

Transferrd, EXCELLENT comment. Yes, fire that JOKE in a referee's uniform. When was he last TRAINED, or passed a proficiency exam? This was a WORLD CLASS game; WHY did FIFA allow an unexperienced "ROOKIE" to referee such an IMPORTANT match? For that matter ALL the matches are IMPORTANT!! Treat the players and teams appropriately. They give their BEST; give them THE BEST!

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thirdsqurl July 04 2014 at 8:28 PM

Brazil has been playing fairly dirty, perhaps this is what happens when the other team finally has enough.

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snsenica July 04 2014 at 8:50 PM

If the "3rd (cervical) vertebra is broken then he should have been immoblized before being carried off.

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elizabethan4 July 04 2014 at 10:25 PM

My prayers go out to Neymar and his family. I hope that he can recover from this injury. So sad that the refs can't penalize for improper play, but I wonder if they have lined their pockets with bribes?

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gina restrepo July 04 2014 at 8:52 PM

I just feel really sorry for Neimar, this shoul not happen.

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John & Maria July 04 2014 at 9:40 PM

Referrees that allow the game to go on without issing any cards on fouls that are fragrant that deserve yellow or red cards should not be allowed to referree any other international matches. It is time that FIFA takes drastic actions to protect the players who have given so much to the game.

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njwelge John & Maria July 05 2014 at 12:44 AM

John & Maria, you are right! FIFA is a JOKE insofar as selecting officials for this game. This is WORLD LEVEL, for gosh sakes, FIFA, pull your head out of your butt, and GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER! You did NOTHING good for World Soccer today FIFA!

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I love Snickers John & Maria July 05 2014 at 2:06 PM

"Referrees that allow the game to go on without issing any cards on fouls that are fragrant "

The fouls that are fragrant (adjective - having a pleasant or sweet smell) I don't mind so much as those fouls which really stinky & smelly!!! But even the best REFEREES have problems being objective about whether a foul is fragrant or putrid, thus it's only their opinion when ISSUING a card. lol

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robegaspie July 04 2014 at 8:22 PM

Good, chop his legs off.

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Cb Crane July 05 2014 at 3:27 AM

This should have been a yellow card at the very least. Neymar was a target for physical abuse from the Colombian team. Shame on the man who inflicted this injury. Bad sportsmanship to say the least.

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