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Reuters Brazil’s Neymar, left, falls after being fouled by Colombia’s Camilo Zuniga during their World Cup quarterfinals match Friday at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza. Neymar has been ruled out of the World Cup after fracturing his vertebrae on the play.

Neymar out of World Cup as Brazil and Germany make semis


BELO HORIZONTE — Hosts Brazil suffered a huge blow when they lost leading forward Neymar for the rest of the World Cup through injury on Friday as they set up an epic-looking semi-final against Europe’s biggest remaining team Germany.

Brazil’s poster-boy, in terrific form with four goals at the tournament, fractured a vertebra near the end of a 2-1 quarter-final win over Colombia and will be out for several weeks.

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