Neymar is a huge doubt for Brazil's 2014 quarter-final with Colombia after picking up a thigh injury in the dramatic round of 16 win over Chile on Saturday evening.
Premier League transfer target Alexis Sanchez's precise finish on 32 minutes cancelled out David Luiz's early opener in Belo Horizonte and made for a thrilling spectacle as both sides put in terrific performances. Neymar was subject to some strong challenges early on in the match and manger Luiz Felipe Scolari revealed his star player was carrying an injury for most of the match.
Chile inches from victory
Nobody could add to the first half goals from Sanchez and Luiz and the match went to extra time. Chile forward Mauricio Pinilla had Brazilian hearts in mouths with only a few seconds left of extra-time when his brilliant turn and shot crashed against the crossbar.
As it was, the game was decided from 12 yards and the hosts prevailed 3-2 thanks to some poor penalty taking from their South American counterparts. Neymar hobbled up to take Brazil's fifth and final penalty under immense pressure as a miss would have left Chile needing to score their final spot kick to win.
Immune to expectation
Neymar has already shown numerous times in this competition that he is immune to the effects of pressure and calmly slotted home after his trademark stuttered run up. It was up to Gonzalo Jara to keep his nation in it, but his high penalty hit the inside of the post and flashed across the face of goal to give Brazil the win.
After getting injured, having a poor game overall and suffering from cramp near the end, the emotion of the occasion caught up with Neymar and he broke down in tears.
"We really suffered. It was pure emotion. My tears after the game were of happiness," he told reporters after the match.
New World Cup star
Colombia await the hosts in Friday's quarter-final in Fortaleza after young star James Rodriguez put in a masterclass in the their round of 16 clash against Uruguay. Having no Luis Suarez really bit for Uruguay who rarely looked dangerous and had no reply to two Rodriguez goals.
The first of which - a chest control and volley from 25 yards out - was almost certainly the goal of the World cup so far. Rodriguez was on hand to finish the second goal too, though this was a beautifully worked team goal.
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