Argentina’s Javier Mascherano lets out a roar after his side’s victory over Belgium in the World Cup quarter-final in Brasilia on Saturday. Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

Two proud Latin footballing nations. Two long-awaited semi-final appearances. Two very different reactions.Next week Brazil and Argentina – with seven(...)

   Neymar   sustained a back injury following a challenge from Colombia’s Juan Camilo Zuniga  during the World Cup quarter-final match at the Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA

“It’s as if someone had died. And in a certain way that is what’s happened. Unfortunately Neymar is dead for this World Cup, ” lamented José Trajano o(...)

Brazil’s Neymar grimaces after a challenge by Colombia’s Camilo Zuniga during last night’s World Cup quarter-final in Fortaleza. The playmaker has been ruled out of the tournament. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

It felt like two victories for Germany in a single day: first France, then Neymar and Thiago Silva. When Felipe Scolari spoke doubtfully at the pre(...)

 Brazil’s David Luiz scores his side’s second goal from a free-kick against Colombia during the World Cup quarter-final at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza. Photograph:  Tolga Bozoglu/EPA

Brazil 2 Colombia 1 It was a supremely ugly win for Brazil, but one they will have been delighted with before the crushing news that Neymar, th(...)

Colombia’s James Rodriguez celebrates after scoring his second against Uruguay  at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: Sergio Moraes / Reuters

Colombia 2 Uruguay 0 Uruguay followed their shamed striker Luis Suarez out of the World Cup as the furore over his lengthy ban for biting was e(...)

Uruguay are likely to try to hit Colombia them on the break through their  one remaining world-class player, striker Edinson Cavani (right). Photograph: EPA

Inevitably the Luis Suárez situation has overshadowed the build-up to today’s second round match. And while he will be absent the disgraced striker(...)