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Neymar injury casts a pall over Brazil cup win

FIFA World Cup

RIO DE JANEIRO — 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 ...


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