Brazil send Colombia packing

Brazil send Colombia packing
Brazil's skipper Thiago Silva celebrates his goal against Colombia

by Staff Reporter

Saturday Jul 05, 2014. 00:11

David Luiz scored an unstoppable thunderous free-kick to help send Brazil into the semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup with their 2-1 victory over Colombia in Fortaleza on Friday evening.

James Rodriguez’s penalty was merely a consolation for the South Americans following Thiago Silva opening goal for the host nation just minutes after the opening whistle.

Despite having faced each other 25 times before this was the first World Cup meeting for the South American pair.

Colombia surprisingly found themselves chasing the lead after just seven minutes when Thiago Silva was left unmarked at the back post off a corner kick. The Paris Saint-Germain defender kneed the set-piece into the back of the net from close range to make it 1-0.

There was a great amount of ebb and flow to the game but Los Cafeteros were still without a threat on target by the 15th minute and they found themselves in danger off another set-piece.

Mario Yepes had beaten away a corner but it fell at the feet of Hulk, who then ran into the box only to see his effort beaten away by some last minute defending.

Four minutes later David Ospina pulled off a great double save to beat away Hulk’s effort, before doing the same when Oscar rallied up the rebounded shot from the edge of the box.

Just before the break, Neymar nearly made it 2-0 for the hosts with his free-kick that skimmed narrowly over the goal frame.

Colombia created an opportunity on the hour mark when James Rodriguez chested the ball down to Freddy Guarin. The Inter man was standing just inside the box and struck a stinging effort on the half-volley that sailed high of the goals.

Thiago Silva had the ball in the back of the net four minutes later when he stopped Victor Ospina from resuming play, and tucked the ball into the back of the net. As a result, he was booked for the unsporting behavior and will miss the semi-final.

Ironically, the ball was in the back of Julio Cesar’s net not even two minutes later, when Mario Yepes tucked in a scrappy ball from a corner, but it didn’t stand as it was blown for offside.

As the game started to develop so did the opportunities and Brazil found themselves leading 2-0 with 20 minutes to go in stellar fashion. David Luiz struck from 40-yards out to send a thunderous ball into the top right corner of the goal, sending Brazil into the final hour of the competition.

Los Cafeteros were handed a lifeline 12 minutes from time when Julio Cesar rushed off his line and brought down Rodriguez. The Monaco player brushed himself off to take the penalty and convert with ease to score his sixth goal of the tournament by making it 2-1.

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