World Cup Soccer
 
           === Neymar suffers broken vertebra, out for World Cup ===
 
 Fortaleza,  Brazil  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Brazil  may  have advanced  to  the
 semifinals  of the World  Cup on Friday, but the team's hopes still took a hit
 as  star  forward Neymar was ruled  out for the  rest of the tournament with a
 broken vertebra.
 
 The  22-year-old sustained  the  injury in  the 88th  minute  of Brazil's  2-1
 quarterfinal  win when Colombia's Juan Zuniga jumped to challenge for a header
 and struck Neymar in the back with his knee.
 
 Neymar  had to  be stretchered off the  field and was replaced by Henrique for
 the  final few  minutes as Brazil hung  on to its lead to reach the semifinals
 for the first time since 2002.
 
 Brazil  will face Germany on Tuesday in the last four, but the Selecao will be
 without  their leading scorer, Neymar, who has netted four goals in five games
 and  assisted on the team's opening goal on Friday, while captain Thiago Silva
 will also miss out on Tuesday's match through suspension.
 
 Team  doctor Rodrigo  Lasmar confirmed the extent of Neymar's injury on Friday
 after  the forward  went to the hospital for observation, and Lasmar said that
 the injury will not require surgery.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 07/04 20:23:11 ET

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