UPDATE 7/5 8am

(Fortaleza, Brazil)  --  World Cup host nation Brazil will be without one of the best players in the world for the remainder of the tournament.  The team doctor told reporters that Neymar [[ NAY-mar ]] fractured the third vertebra in his back.  He left Brazil's match late in a 2-1 win over Colombia in the quarterfinals after taking a knee to the back.  He was carried off the pitch in a stretcher and was taken to a local hospital after the game for further examination.  Brazil plays Germany in the semifinals on Tuesday.

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Soccer powers Brazil and Germany are through to the semifinals at the World Cup and will meet in the next round.  

   The host Brazil hung on to edge Columbia 2-1 to make it to the semifinals for the first time in 12 years.

  But - Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari says injured striker Neymar is in doubt for World Cup semifinals.

  Germany has reached the semifinals for a fourth straight World Cup by beating France 1-0.

(Photo: Jamie McDonald / 2014 Getty Images)