By CAITLIN MURRAY
In case there was any doubt about the seriousness of Neymar’s condition, the pictures released Saturday said it all. Heading home from Brazil’s training camp to continue his recovery, Neymar was airlifted via helicopter — with live television cameras and photographers there to see the superstar wave from a stretcher on board. Meanwhile, Camilo Zuñiga apologized publicly Saturday for his tackle that fractured a vertebra in Neymar’s back, but again insisted it was a routine tackle without malice.
Back on the field, the last team to represent CONCACAF is out of the World Cup. With a dramatic showdown that ended up in penalty kicks — plus a surprise late goalkeeper substitution from Netherlands manager Louis Van Gaal — Costa Rica could not continue their already-historic run. It was substitute goalkeeper Tom Krul, with his somewhat controversial brashness and trash talk, who made the crucial saves to move the Dutch to the semifinals.
Meanwhile, Lionel Messi’s run of runs at the World Cup continues. His side now advances to the semifinal for the first time in 24 years with a tidy 1-0 win over Belgium in regulation Saturday.
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