It was termed as a South American derby as Brazil took on Colombia at the Estadio Castelao. Brazil always looked as the favourites to go through; on the other hand Colombia looked to set up new records.
Brazil took the lead in the 7th minute when Thiago Silva pounced on the ball through a Neymar corner. The ball hit his left thigh before finding its way in the net. The Colombians could have equalised moments later when Juan Cuadrado shot on goal was deflected by Silva side netting in the process. Brazil looked the better side and had a couple of chances of adding more to the score line but were denied by a superb double save by David Ospina. This didn’t stop Brazilian from applying pressure and were awarded with a 35 yard free kick in the 69th min of the game. David Luiz stepped up to take it and sweetly struck the ball which went straight up in the right corner and gave Brazil a two goal lead. The goal by Luiz was also one of the best seen goals of the tournament so far.
With 10 minutes to go When Brazil thought they almost had their place secured in the semi-finals they conceded a penalty. It was Julio Cesar who brought down the Colombian substitute Bacca. James coolly took the penalty and brought his side back in the game but it was too little too late for the Colombians as they blew out of the tournament when the referee blew the final whistle moments later.
David Luiz who was named the man of the match said, “I’d like to congratulate both teams on what was a great game. Colombia have had a great World Cup and have played some really good football. Today we really went for it, though, and played the kind of football everyone likes watching, with a lot of intensity and going for goal the whole time. As for my free-kick, I’ve been waiting all year for one like that, with Chelsea too, and Willian came up and had a joke with me about it. I’m delighted it came in this game. I hit the ball well and it was lovely to watch it going in, moving like that, which made it very hard for the keeper.”
Brazil will be without Captain Thiago Silva who misses out due to suspension and Neymar who was ruled out of the World Cup due to injury. The later was taken off the pitch on a stretcher after taking a knee to the back from the Colombia defender Juan Zuniga late in the game. He was taken to a private clinic in Fortaleza. According to Luiz Felipe Scolari, Neymar was “crying out in pain”, where an X-ray revealed he had fractured one of his vertebrae.
James later thanked Colombia for all their support with a tweet which said, “I can only say thank you COLOMBIA.”
Sympathies flowed on twitter for Neymar and James Rodriguez with Rio Ferdinand and others wished Neymar a speedy recovery while Rihanna describing the 22 year old James as a legend.