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Neymar suffers fractured vertebrae, out for remainder of World Cup

neymar-back-injury-smallAs the host nation for this year’s World Cup, and one of the great soccer nations, the pressure for Brazil to lift the trophy at the end of the tournament is immense.

For that to happen, a fully fit squad for manager Luiz Felipe Scolari to choose from would be ideal. After Friday’s quarterfinal match against Colombia that will no longer be the case.

Brazil star Neymar was stretchered off the field after taking a knee to the back from Juan Zúñiga. With one of the game’s brightest young stars in visible pain, the thoughts of many turned to Neymar’s possible availability for Tuesday’s semifinal meeting with Germany.

As it turns out, 22-year-old will not be able to play on Tuesday, or in the final if his country makes it that far. The collision has resulted in a fractured vertebrae and Neymar will be sidelined for the remainder of the World Cup.

Obviously, a huge blow for Brazil as if they are to capture their sixth World Cup championship it will have to be done without their best player. Thankfully, it doesn’t appear surgery will be required and we can only hope Neymar makes a full and speedy recovery.

David Luiz tells fans to applaud crying James Rodriguez (Video)

Colombia may have lost in the quarterfinals of the World Cup to Brazil 2-1, but James Rodriguez certainly made his mark on the tournament as the breakout star.

Rodriguez scored in each of Colombia’s matches, including a goal on a penalty kick to put Colombia on the board Friday. He exited the tournament as the leader for the Golden Boot with six goals.

The Brazilian players were well aware of Rodriguez’s brilliance throughout the tournament and wanted to see him receive the recognition he deserved. As seen in the video at the top, Brazilian captain David Luiz instructed the fans to applaud a crying Rodriguez.

Luiz also consoled young James, and the two traded jerseys.

The look on Rodriguez’s face after the match was heartbreaking, but he has nothing to feel badly about:

James Rodriguez crying

The kid was a stud on the world’s biggest stage and exits as the top player.

Neymar suffers back injury, cries on stretcher (Video)

Neymar was carried off the field on a stretcher during Brazil’s quarterfinal match with Colombia on Friday at the World Cup after taking a knee to the back from Juan Zuniga.

The two were going for the ball and Zuniga struck Neymar.

Neymar back injury

Neymar was doing pretty badly. Just look at his face as he was on the stretcher:

Neymar stretcher

Maybe it was a combination of the pain of the injury and timing of it that got to Neymar.

Thiago Silva gets yellow card for running into goalie (Video)

Thiago-Silva-yellow-cardBrazil defender Thiago Silva got his second yellow card of the World Cup on Friday. The booking came on a boneheaded play in the second half after Silva ran into Columbian goalkeeper David Ospina when Ospina was punting the ball downfield.

Brazil defeated Columbia to advance to the next round, meaning Silva will be suspended for the team’s all-important semifinal match. The 29-year-old Silva is the captain of the Brazilian team and one of their best defenders. He also scored the first goal against Columbia on a corner kick.

Brazil will need someone to step up against Germany in Silva’s absence. Germany has proven to be a solid offensive team who can move the ball very effectively.

David Luiz scores goal on free kick to give Brazil 2-0 lead over Colombia (Video)

David Luiz scored on a free kick in the 68th minute of Brazil’s quarterfinal game with Colombia at the World Cup on Friday to give his country a 2-0 lead, and he went nuts in his celebration.

Luiz had to float the ball over the Colombian wall and managed to do that while tucking it into the upper right corner of the goal. It was a beautiful shot from long range and gave Brazil a seemingly unshakable lead.

Look at Luiz practically getting strangled by a teammate and his eyes popping out of his head in the celebration:

David Luiz

Luiz now has two goals in the last two games for Brazil. Not bad for a Street Fighter character.

Thiago Silva scores goal on corner kick vs. Colombia (Video)

Brazilian captain Thiago Silva gave his country a 1-0 lead in their quarterfinals match against Colombia Friday with a goal off a corner kick. Silva struck early, scoring in the seventh minute.

Thiago Silva Brazil goal

It was the first time Silva scored for Brazil while playing in his country. The goal also put Colombia at a deficit for the first time in the entire World Cup.

Things Tim Howard could save meme is fantastic

Tim Howard saves Titanic

Tim Howard became an American sports hero with his incredible performance in the round of 16 at the World Cup Tuesday in the US’ 2-1 loss to Belgium.

Though the US lost the game, Howard tied a World Cup record with 16 saves in the match. The last time that was done was in 1966. He single-handedly kept the US in the contest and was just awesome throughout. He earned praise from all corners of the country and was so great that he even inspired a “Things Tim Howard Could Save” meme on the net.

Most of the “Things Tim Howard Could Save” come from movies, music or other aspects of the entertainment world, and most of them are truly fantastic. Take a look at all the great memes below.

And while you’re at it, check out the rest of our Tim Howard coverage.

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