Belo Horizonte, Brazil (4E Sports) – Thiago Silva and David Luiz netted goals to lift Brazil over Colombia, 2-1 at Estádio Mineirão to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup.
Brazil’s first goal was triggered by Fernandinho’s midfield surge and subsequent pass out to Neymar.
A cross was then delivered by Neymar to Thiago Silva, who got the ball with his left knee before adjusting his body to pump the ball into the goal in the sixth minute.
Colombia nearly answered in the 11th minute when a poor clearance attempt led to Oscar gave the ball away to Juan Cuadrado, whose shot was deflected away from the post.
In the 20th minute, Neymar found Hulk making a run through the Colombia back line. Hulk launched a shot on frame, but David Ospina was able to make the save.
Colombian star James Rodriguez was later given a yellow card after sliding in on Hulk in the 68th minute.
David Luiz then stepped up to the free kick and side-footed the ball into the top right hand corner for a 2-0 Brazilian lead.
Colombia cut their deficit in the 77th minute after Brazilian goal keeper Julio Cesar was given a yellow card for tripping Carlos Bacca. In the free kick, Rodriguez waited for Cesar to dive before sliding it into the bottom left hand corner.
In a late game attempt to equalize the game, Neymar was kneed in the back by Juan Zúñiga resulting in a fractured vertebrae.
Neymar has been ruled out of the rest of the tournament.
Meanwhile, Silva was booked and will miss the semi-final against Germany at Belo Horizonte Tuesday for needlessly blocking goalkeeper David Ospina’s attempted clearance.