The defence shined, and the Brazilian national team is now in the semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup. With one goal by each of the defenders - the first by Thiago Silva and the second by David Luiz - Brazil beat Colombia by 2-1 and now faces Germany in the semi-final round. The duel is scheduled for 8 July at 5 pm in the Mineirão stadium (Belo Horizonte).
The triumph did not come easy, however. Brazil opened a 2-0 advantage, but Colombia edged close with a penalty kick shot by James Rodriguez at the 82nd minute. The Colombians then pushed hard to equalise until the very end of the match. Spanish referee Carlos Velasco also ruled five minutes of stoppage, to the dismay of the Brazilian fans. But Brazil resisted, and the advantage prevailed. The triumph not only secured a spot in the semi-finals but also crowned the great support of Brazilian fans in Fortaleza. They packed the Castelão full - attendance was of 60,342 - and supported Brazil from start to finish.
“In the first half we deserved the 1-0 we achieved, and even more. In the second half we started the match well, and suffered a goal from a penalty kick after a moment of carelessness. Colombia grew a bit in the game, but we knew how to control and win the match. Today we transitioned faster, created a lot of plays and the whole team played well. Of course we still have things to improve. We have a great opponent that is Germany, but our team is also very good, individually and collectively, and we will do everything to win this World Cup," said midfielder Oscar after the match.
In the final minutes, Neymar was kneed hard in the back and had to leave the match. Defender Henrique came from the benches, and helped the Brazilian team hold the lead until the end of the match. The Brazilian striker was taken directly to a hospital for exams.
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Author of the first goal, Thiago Silva took the opportunity to vent out after being criticized for crying in the round of sixteen. “I couldn't wait to start this match. People talk a lot about emotion, but sometimes not getting emotional prevents you from playing your role on the pitch. That is why Ayrton Senna, Oscar Schmidt and many athletes from other sports all cried body and soul, and I'm no different. I also give it all, body and soul," he said, citing the Formula 1 and basketball idols.
Silva is the captain of the Brazilian national team, but will not face Germany since he has received his second yellow card in the tournament. “I know that both Dante and Henrique are both able players who can act well in my stead," he said, referring to Brazil's two reserve defenders.