Brazil's World Cup hopes suffer massive blow

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Brazil's hopes of lifting the World Cup trophy next week have suffered a massive blow following the conclusion of their quarter-final clash with Colombia.

Brazil ran out 2-1 winners over their fellow South American representatives thanks to goals from Thiago Silva and a thunderous free kick from David Luiz.

In the final minutes of the match however, Brazilian play-maker Neymar suffered an injury to his back during a collision with Juan Zuniga.

The Barcelona forward was carried off the pitch with three minutes left in the game leaving the home fans worried for the fate of their talisman.

After the match the on the field celebrations kicked off for those in yellow shirts but it would be short lived.

It has since been confirmed by the Brazilian team doctor that Neymar will now be out of the remainder of the tournament with a fractured vertebra in his back.

A big challenge gets bigger

Brazil's win over Colombia ensured they would be competing in the semi-finals in their home World Cup but it is a daunting task facing them.

Following their 1-0 victory over France earlier on Friday, Germany will be competing in their fourth consecutive World Cup semi-final.

Brazil and Germany will now meet in the semi-final in a replay of the final from the 2002 World Cup in South Korea/ Japan.

On that day Brazil were victorious in winning their fifth World Cup but the challenge now facing them in the form of Joachim Loew's Germany will not be an easy one.

This current Germany squad were favoured to win Euro 2012 and were a big name in contention of winning this years World Cup and this is a true clash of the heavyweights.

Possible finalists

Saturday will see the two quarter-final matches which will contain the other finalist that will face either Germany or Brazil in Rio next weekend.

Holland will take on the miraculous story of Costa Rica in the most one sided quarter-final of the tournament - on paper.

Meanwhile Argentina will take on Belgium as both teams hope to reach the semi-finals.

It is anyone's guess who will end up victorious when all is said and done but the injury to Neymar throws a huge black mark over Brazil's chances of winning their home World Cup.

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