Jul 4, 2014 at 9pm UK at ​Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza
Brazil
2-1
Colombia
Silva (7'), Luiz (68')
Silva (64'), Cesar (78')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Rodriguez (80' pen.)
Rodrgiuez (67'), Yepes (72')

Juan Camilo Zuniga apologises for Neymar challenge

Colombia's defender Juan Camilo Zuniga challenges Brazil's forward Neymar during the quarter-final football match between Brazil and Colombia at the Castelao Stadium in Fortaleza during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on July 4, 2014
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Colombia defender Juan Camilo Zuniga issues an apology to Neymar for the challenge that ended the 22-year-old's World Cup in Brazil's quarter-final victory.

Colombia defender Juan Camilo Zuniga has apologised to Neymar for the challenge that ended the Brazil forward's World Cup.

The 22-year-old was ruled out of the tournament after sustaining fractured vertebra after colliding with the right-back in the 88th minute of the Selecao's quarter-final win.

Zuniga wrote on his Instagram account: "I feel burdened by this situation. It resulted from a normal play and there was no bad intention, evil or recklessness from my part.

"I want to send a special salute to Neymar. I admire you, I respect you and I consider you one of the best players in the world.

"I hope you recover soon in order to continue to show us that in football there is a sport full of virtue and qualities, which I have put into practice since I was 12 years old and as a professional player."

FIFA have announced that they are analysing the incident to determine whether to take action against the Colombia defender.

Colombia's defender Juan Camilo Zuniga challenges Brazil's forward Neymar during the quarter-final football match between Brazil and Colombia at the Castelao Stadium in Fortaleza during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on July 4, 2014
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