Brazil defeated Colombia 2-1 in their quarter-final of the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Fortaleza on Friday, however the win came at a price as both Neymar and captain Thiago Silva will miss the semi-final against Germany. The host nation got on the scoreboard early when skipper Silva tapped one in at the back post. The tempo of the game increased and the men in yellow looked like they would get a second.
The Colombians had a good chance when Juan Guillermo Cuadrado found himself within shooting range and let loose only to send his shot wide. The game became very physical and both sides committed a number of fouls as the Brazilians went into the half-time break leading 1-0. In the second the Selecao continued to play their game at a fast pace and kept putting pressure on their opponents.
Los Cafeteros however had a goal disallowed after a goal mouth scramble saw them put one in the back of the net but the flag was up for offside. With the end drawing ever nearer Luiz Felipe Scolari’s men doubled their lead through a brilliant free kick from David Luiz. Jose Pekerman’s side received a life line when Julio Cesar took out Carlos Bacca in the penalty area and they were awarded a penalty.
Tournament top scorer James Rodriguez stepped up and buried his shot in the bottom left corner. There would be high drama late on though for the five-time champions. First Silva was yellow carded for a foul on Colombian keeper David Ospina which means he will be suspended for the semi-final and then to make matters worse, star forward Neymar was kneed in the back by Juan Zuniga and stretchered off.
The Brazilian medical team has confirmed Neymar will miss the rest of the tournament in what will be a massive blow for Scolari. The home team stood firm and kept their fellow South Americans at bay as they ran out 2-1 winners and advanced the the semi-finals where they will face Germany on Tuesday in Belo Horizonte.