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Brazil vs. Colombia: World Cup Quarter-Final Score, Grades and Reaction

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Alex LivieFeatured ColumnistJuly 4, 2014

The Brazil dream remains alive as the host nation claimed a 2-1 win over Colombia in Fortaleza on Friday to book their place in the semi-finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Colombia, with James Rodriguez pulling the strings, came into the quarter-finals as the form team, but goals from Thiago Silva and David Luiz undid them.

A penalty with 11 minutes remaining from James raised hope for Colombia and set up a grandstand finish, but Brazil held on for the win.

Colombia came into the game having won a legion of fans with their brand of incisive, attacking football. They were not given any chance to express themselves early on, and they fell behind on seven minutes.

FORTALEZA, BRAZIL - JULY 04:  David Luiz of Brazil scores his team's second goal on a free kick past David Ospina of Colombia during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Quarter Final match between Brazil and Colombia at Castelao on July 4, 2014 in Fortaleza, B
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It was an awful goal for Colombia to give away, as a corner from Neymar went all the way through to the back post and Silva bundled home from two yards.

The goal lit up the contest, and both sides were happy to attack at will—which made for an exhilarating contest.

Colombia were almost on level terms on 11 minutes, as Juan Cuadrado’s shot was deflected just wide.

Brazil poured forward at pace and Colombia were thankful to keeper David Ospina for keeping them on level terms, as he made a double save to thwart Hulk and Oscar.

The good of the Cuadrado on 11 minutes was followed by the bad of Cuadrado on 22 minutes.

A quicksilver Colombia break led by James had Brazil outnumbered at the back, but Cuadrado—with two men over to his left—only succeeded in hitting Thiago Silva with his pass.

Ospina kept his side in the game on 28 minutes with a fabulous save to deny Hulk. The Brazil winger struck the ball crisply, but the keeper got down low to his left to keep the ball out.

Referee Carlos Velasco Carballo’s whistle began working overtime toward the end of the first half and beginning of the second, with the pattern of play disrupted by a series of fouls, but he elected to leave his cards in his pocket.

A card finally came out on 64 minutes, with Thiago Silva given a yellow for stopping Ospina making a clearance, with the caution ruling him out of the next game.

Whether that was in a semi-final of a World Cup or not was in the balance, as Colombia went in search of a leveller.

On 69 minutes, that question was answered in emphatic style. A sliding challenge by James some 30 yards from goal handed Brazil a free-kick.

It was in David Luiz territory, and the defender executed his effort to perfection. Striking the ball with his instep, the ball went up and over the wall and into the top corner—to spark wild scenes of celebration at the Estadio Castelao.

The crowd were stunned with 10 minutes left for play as Julio Cesar conceded a penalty, converted by James, to set up a thrilling finale.

Brazil had their backs to the wall, but held on for the win and a place in the last four—with the big concern being the sight of Neymar leaving the field on a stretcher.

Up next for Brazil is a semi-final meeting with Germany. Both sides are unbeaten in the tournament and delivered arguably their most impressive, professional displays in their most recent games.

With home advantage, Brazil will be many people’s favourites, but Germany have a superb World Cup record and will be no pushovers.

Brazil Player Ratings
Player1st-half rating2nd-half rating
Julio Cesar66
Maicon6.56
Thiago Silva87.5
David Luiz78
Marcelo77
Fernandinho77
Paulinho6.56
Hulk76
Oscar5.56
Neymar65.5
Fred44.5
Substitutes
Ramires6
Hernanes6
Henrique6
B/R
Colombia Player Ratings
Player1st-half rating2nd-half rating
David Ospina77
Pablo Armero5.55
Mario Yepes7.57.5
Cristian Zapata6.56
Juan Camilo Zuniga65.5
Carlos Sanchez4.55
Fredy Guarin65.5
Juan Cuadrado6.56.5
Victor Ibarbo5.5-
James Rodriguez6.57
Teofilo Gutierrez55
Substitutes
Adrian Ramos6.5
Carlos Bacca6
Juan Quintero6
B/R

Post Match Reaction

The euphoria of winning could well disappear, with Neymar set to miss the rest of the tournament on account of injury.

#BRA team doctor confirmed @neymarjr suffered a fractured vertebra & is out of the #WorldCup - http://t.co/uyNfWS5YOu pic.twitter.com/G8G4O9Cqbw

— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) July 5, 2014

But Scolari remains positive his side can go all the way, per Fifa.com.

"We’ve still got two steps to go but we’ve got the ability to get there."

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