Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Neymar out of World Cup with fractured vertebrae
by Paul Kennedy, July 4th, 2014 9:22PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  world cup 2014

MOST COMMENTED

[BRAZIL 2014] Brazil star Neymar will miss the rest of the World Cup with a fractured vertebrae suffered when Colombia defender Juan Zuniga kneed him in the back late in their World Cup quarterfinal match Brazil won, 2-1.

Neymar was taken off the field on a stretcher and then to a Fortaleza hospital, where he the extent of the back injury was confirmed.

"Unfortunately, he's not going to be able to play," said Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar. "It's not serious in the sense that it doesn't need surgery, but he'll need to immobilize it to recover."

Zuniga said he did not deliberately try to hurt Neymar.

"We wanted to score, and it was a tough game," he said. "Brazil was marking strongly. I hope it's nothing serious, let's pray to God."


The Brazil-Colombia match was a foul-ridden affair with 54 fouls, the most at the World Cup. The second most: Brazil-Chile with 51 fouls.

The Brazilians fouled 31 times as they took aim at young Colombian star, James Rodriguez, whose late penalty kick was his tournament-high sixth of the World Cup.

Much of the blame for the nasty match will go to Spanish referee Carlos Velasco Carballo, who whistled 41 fouls before issuing his first yellow card in the 64th minute to Brazil captain Thiago Silva for blocking Colombian keeper Ospina as he went to kick the ball.

It was a costly yellow as Silva, who scored the first Brazil goal, will miss the semifinal against Germany.

July 4 in Fortaleza
Brazil 2 Colombia 1. Goals: Thiago Silva 7, David Luiz 69; Rodriguez pen. 80.
Brazil -- Julio Cesar, Maicon, Thiago Silva, Luiz, Marcelo, Fernandinho, Paulinho (Hernanes 86), Oscar, Neymar (Henrique 88), Hulk (Ramires 83), Fred.
Colombia -- Ospina, Zuniga, Zapata, Yepes, Armero, Guarin, Sanchez Moreno, Cuadrado (Quintero 80), Rodriguez, Ibarbo (Ramos 46), Gutierrez (Bacca 70).
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (Spain)


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Whitworth athletic director Tim Demant     
''As a Christ-centered university that believes in the value of all individuals, we are seeking to ...
U.S. U-23s head north to Preston for key test    
The U.S. under-23 national team will play the first of two warmup games before Olympic qualifying ...
What They're Saying: Sean St. Ledger    
"Never ever in my wildest dreams did I think I would be on the same team ...
Lou City's Fondy breaks USL season scoring record    
Matt Fondy entered Louisville City's match against Harrisburg on Wednesday night with 18 goals, two behind ...
Video Pick: An open net own goal from close range    
It's the Swedish Damallsvenskan that brings us a sadly spectacular own goal. Had Hammarby's Helen Eke ...
International callups will have heavy toll on MLS games    
The good news is that MLS is attracting more players getting callups to their national teams. ...
Post-Klopp Dortmund poised to challenge Bayern Munich     
After Borussia Dortmund hired a highly regarded young coach to replace the beloved Juergen Klopp, kept ...
Klinsmann: Guzan remains No. 1, USA needs Beas    
Of the myriad questions surrounding the U.S. men's national team ahead of the Oct. 10 match ...
Video Pick: Gareth Bale hits brilliant behind-the-goal goal     
Wales is on the brink of qualifying for its first major tournament in since 1958. Gareth ...
What They're Saying: Christen Press    
"I want so much more for my teammates. You can be one inch from the national ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives