6 July 2014

Neymar: World Cup dream still alive

Brazil's Neymar grimaces in pain during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Brazil and Colombia at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Friday, July 4, 2014. Brazil's team doctor says Neymar will miss the rest of the World Cup after breaking a vertebrae during the team's quarterfinal win over Colombia.
Brazil star Neymar says his World Cup may be over because of a fractured vertebra but his World Cup dream of celebrating the title with his teammates at the Maracana Stadium next Sunday is still alive.

Van Gaal leads Dutch into World Cup semifinals

Costa Rica's goalkeeper Keylor Navas dives for a save during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Costa Rica at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Saturday, July 5, 2014.
Louis van Gaal made the call, and Tim Krul made the saves.

In another move that will only add to his reputation as a tactical mastermind, the Netherlands coach led his team into the World Cup semifinals after bringing on Krul with seconds remaining in extra time.

Messi guides Argentina into semis, Dutch scrape in

Argentina's Lionel Messi (10) and his teammates celebrate following their 1-0 victory over Belgium to advance to the semifinals after the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, Saturday, July 5, 2014.
The Argentines didn't need a late winner from Lionel Messi this time, settling in to protect a 1-0 margin against Belgium that earned them a first trip to the World Cup semifinals in 24 years.

ON THIS DAY: Poland beats Brazil for 3rd in 1974

In this July 6, 1974 file photo, Deyna of Poland, left, heads the ball, while Brazil's Marinho challenges. Poland's Grzegorz Lato looks on, at right, during third place play-off in Munich, West Germany. On this day: Poland beats Brazil 1-0 to claim third place in the 1974 World Cup with Lato scoring the only goal, taking his tournament tally to 7.
On July 6 in World Cup history: Grzegorz Lato claims "Golden Boot" as Poland beats Brazil to claim third in Munich in 1974.