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.
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)