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World Cup Update

Something  has to give on Saturday when Argentina meets Belgium with a spot in 
the  World Cup semifinals on the line. Each team brings a flawless record into 
the  matchup,  with both  needing extra  time in  the round  of 16 to advance. 
Argentina  took  a 1-0  decision over Switzerland,  while Belgium defeated the 
United  States, 2-1. The Belgiums have not reached the final eight since 1986. 
Argentina,  meanwhile, has made it to this stage of the competition in four of 
its   last  five  World  Cup  appearances.  In  the  other  quarterfinal,  the 
Netherlands  will square off against underdog Costa Rica. The Dutch attempt to 
reach  back-to-back  World Cup  semifinals for  the first  time since 1974 and 
1978.  Costa Rica  will look to continue its Cinderella run with another upset 
win.  The Ticos made  it past the likes of England and Italy in Group D before 
defeating Greece on penalty kicks to reach Saturday's pivotal matchup. 


Brazil may have advanced to the semifinals of the World Cup on Friday, but the 
team's  hopes  still took a hit  as star forward  Neymar was ruled out for the 
rest  of the  tournament with a broken vertebra. The 22-year-old sustained the 
injury  in  the 88th minute  of Brazil's  2-1 quarterfinal win when Colombia's 
Juan  Zuniga  jumped to challenge  for a header and  struck Neymar in the back 
with  his knee. Neymar had to be stretchered off the field and was replaced by 
Henrique  for the final few minutes as Brazil hung on to its lead to reach the 
semifinals  for the first time since 2002. Brazil will face Germany on Tuesday 
in  the last  four, but  the  Selecao will  be without  their leading  scorer, 
Neymar,  who  has netted four  goals in five games  and assisted on the team's 
opening  goal on  Friday, while  captain Thiago  Silva will  also miss  out on 
Tuesday's match through suspension. 



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