The World Cup lost one of its star players to a nasty injury on Friday when Brazil's striker Neymar broke his third vertebra after being kneed in his back by Colombia defender Juan Camilo Zuniga. A doctor ruled Neymar will not play in any more World Cup matches.
The reactions to Neymar's unfortunate exit were swift and intense on social media, focusing on how Brazil will move forward without the striker. Discussion was just as vigorous on the ground along Paulista Avenue in São Paulo, where Mashable freelancer Ben Tavener and his colleague Cedar Attanasio talked to Brazilians about their team's future.
Here are snippets from the video, above, with fans discussing how they think Brazil can fare sans Neymar:
- "He wasn't even the man of the match, so I think the team can continue without him." - Felipe Gomide, 23, São Paulo, marketing consultant
- "I think Brazil is really going to feel his absence, as he's one of Brazil's main players, but I think it's going to mean the team is a lot more motivated now." - Marcio Lacerda, 27, Campinas, PhD student in electrical engineering
- "Neymar leaving the World Cup will have an impact, but I think the unity that the Brazilian team has means they can get over him leaving. I don't think it's going to damage them too much." - Carolina Galipero, 25, São Paulo, student
- "Things will be more difficult without Neymar, but it's not impossible. We Brazilians are confident." - Gilmar Brito, 28, Campinas, chemical engineer
Neymar was injured in the second half of Brazil's 2-1 win over Colombia.
"He will not be in condition to play, he will need a few weeks to be fit again," Rodrigo Lasmar, Brazil's team doctor, said on Friday. "He is very, very sad."
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