Injured Neymar watches from the bench in final Brazil match at the World Cup

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Fans gathered outside Estadio Nacional in Brasilia for the World Cup third placer decider match between Brazil and the Netherlands. (July 12)


Brazil's Neymar waves as he enters the pitch to sit on the bench before the World Cup third-place soccer match between Brazil and the Netherlands at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, Saturday, July 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

FILE - In this July 4, 2014 file photo, Brazil's Neymar screams out after being fouled during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Brazil and Colombia in Fortaleza, Brazil. The greatest injustice of the Brazil World Cup was Spanish referee Carlos Velasco Carballo letting play run on as Neymar howled in agony face down in the turf, his third vertebra fractured. Without its best player, Brazil was then demolished by Germany. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)

BRASILIA, Brazil — Neymar will watch Brazil's final World Cup match from the bench.

Despite nursing a back injury from the quarterfinals that ruled him out of the tournament, the star striker joined his teammates on the pitch during their warm-up before the third-place match against the Netherlands on Saturday.

Walking slowly, Neymar went straight to the bench and did not participate in the team's activities at the National Stadium in Brasilia.

Neymar fractured a vertebra after being kneed in the back late in the match against Colombia.

He was not at the stadium when Brazil lost 7-1 to Germany in the semifinals on Tuesday. He joined the squad at its training camp outside Rio de Janeiro on Thursday.

Neymar scored four goals and had been Brazil's best player until getting hurt.

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