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Neymar recovers from injury for Colombia game

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It has been confirmed that Neymar will be fit to face Colombia this Friday in Brazil's quarter-final clash of the World Cup. 

With the hopes of a nation firmly on the shoulders of the striker, there were some fears whether he would be fit to play in the next game after he took a heavy knock to the right knee from a challenge off Arturo Vidal. He then took a lesser knock on his left hamstring also in that game against Chile. 

But fears have been played down after it was confirmed by FIFA.com that: "[the injury] might reduce his involvement in training, but there is no risk for the game."

Despite being put under a lot of pressure from Chilean players and having to fight off the challenges, Neymar stayed on and took his spot kick in the penalty shoot-out which followed the dramatic 1-1 draw after extra time.

As cool and calm as you like, the Barcelona forward found the bottom corner and Jara went on to miss the corresponding penalty, sending the hosts into the quarter finals. 

It was also announced by the spokesman for the Brazilian Football Confederation that David Luiz had improved a lot from his back trouble which initially seemed to prevent his involvement in the last 16 tie but instead he started and scored. As well as this, Luiz's former teammate from Chelsea, Oscar, has suffered from a large scratch on the back of his leg. 

Although it is pleasing that the poster boy will still feature in their next match, they will be without the midfield rock, Luis Gustavo after he picked up a second consecutive yellow card in the last game. 

Their next opponents, Colombia, easily progressed through their first knock-out match as they beat Uruguay 2-0 at the Maracanã. James Rodriquez found the net twice, his first being one of the highlights of the tournament as he turned on the edge of the box after chesting the ball down and fired the ball in off the crossbar.

His second strike was his fifth goal of the tournament - sending him top of the Golden Boot leaderboard. With other attacking threats such as Jackson Martinez, Victor Ibarbo, Adrian Ramos and Juan Cuadrado, Brazil will have to raise their game if they are to reach the semi-finals. 

On that same night, Germany will take on France in the quarter-finals in the other half of the draw after they saw off Algeria in Monday night's game, winning 2-1 in extra time but not after a nervous final minute. France progressed after beating Nigeria 2-0 thanks to a strike from Paul Pogba and an own goal from Joseph Yobo. 

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