Ney­mar in­jury casts a pall over Brazil cup win

The Covington News - - WORLD -

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The fire­works cel­e­brat­ing vic­tory had barely sub­sided when the dis­as­trous news came through for Brazil: Ney­mar is out. The star who lit up the World Cup with his skill and sunny tem­per­a­ment frac­tured a bone in his back. The only way for Brazil to win now will be with­out him.

The home side mus­cled past Colom­bia 2-1 on Fri­day into the semi­fi­nals. But mak­ing the step from there to the July 13 fi­nal will be much harder for Brazil with­out its 22-year-old goal scorer.

Team doc­tor Ro­drigo Las­mar said Ney­mar frac­tured his third ver­te­bra when he was kneed in the back by Colom­bia de­fender Juan Camilo Zuniga. Brazil has shown grit un­der the in­tense pres­sure of home ex­pec­ta­tion. But get­ting past its next op­po­nent — Ger­many — will be a big task with­out the ge­nius of Ney­mar.

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