A great match, and what camaraderie and sportsmanship at the end. Players for Colombia were obviously disappointed, and those for Brazil were incredibly respectful of their challengers. That’s how the game should be played… (Thanks Mark Rushton)
It was a rough match. There were a total of 54 fouls in the match — the most at this World Cup. A knee in the back by Colombia’s Juan Zuniga ended Neymar’s tournament; broken vertebra. Luiz Felipe Scolari last night angrily claimed that Neymar had been “hunted” though Brazil’s players were describing the challenge by Zuniga as careless rather than malicious. Scolari admitted that his players were not totally innocent. Fernandinho delivered some especially heavy tackles on Colombia playmaker James Rodríguez. “There were also moments when our players were tougher than they should be, we know that,” said Scolari. “We could have stopped ours and their violent game.”
Brazil captain Thiago Silva is now also suspended for the Germany match after a soft booking for impeding Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina.
Argentina captain and Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi led the messages of condolences: “Neymar, I hope you recover very soon friend!” Lebron James tweeted his sympathy to a great athlete. Brazil president Dilma Rousseff: “All our support to @neymarjr! £ForcaNeymar.”