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Brazil beats Colombia

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Saturday, July 05, 2014

Update: 9:21AM Brazil made its way into the World Cup semi-finals for the first time in 12 years, with goals coming from defenders Thiago Silva and David Luiz in a 2-1 win over Colombia.

Brazil, which had been eliminated in the quarter-finals at the last two World Cups, will next play Germany on Wednesday in Belo Horizonte.

Silva gave Brazil the lead in the seventh minute, scoring with his left knee after a corner from Neymar passed through the Colombian defence. He celebrated the goal by pointing to the emblem on his jersey and shouting, "This is Brazil, this is Brazil."

Luiz added the second from a free kick in the 69th, sending a swerving long-range shot off the side of his foot into the top of the net.

Colombia got one back in the 80th minute. James Rodriguez scored his tournament-leading sixth goal from the penalty spot after Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar brought down substitute Carlos Bacca inside the area.

Rodriguez tried to control the pace of the match at the Arena Castelao, but it was Brazil that created most of the scoring chances as Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina had to make a series of saves in the first half alone.

The Colombians applied the pressure after Rodriguez's penalty, but Brazil held on with tough defending.

There was a lot of talk about Rodriguez and Neymar before the match, but the 22-year-old forwards didn't really live up to expectations.

Rodriguez scored the late penalty but was otherwise mostly ineffective, as was Neymar before he left on a stretcher after being hit on the back late in the match.

Silva was the crucial player for Brazil, but he will miss the match against Germany after getting his second yellow card of the tournament for trying to keep Ospina from putting the ball back in play.

Colombia had a goal disallowed in the 66th minute for offside. Veteran defender Mario Yepes found the net from close range after a scramble inside the penalty area but the linesman had already stopped play.

Brazil is trying to become the first host to win the World Cup since France in 1998.

At the last two World Cups, Brazil lost to the Netherlands in the quarter-finals in 2010 and to France in 2006.

The team hadn't made it to the semi-finals since it won its fifth world title in South Korea and Japan in 2002.





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