Brazil beat Colombia in World Cup quarters

22:26, Jul 06 2014
David Luiz
WATCHING HIS WORK: Brazil's David Luiz looks on in hope as his free-kick travels toward the net - it goes in to give the World Cup hosts a 2-1 lead in the quarterfinal against Colombia.
David Luiz
CELEBRATION: Brazil's David Luiz runs excitedly after scoring a stunning goal from a free-kick in the World Cup quarterfinals.
Julio Cesar and Carlos Bacca
TRIPPED UP: Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar was carded for this challenge on Colombia's Carlos Bacca. The ensuing spot kick went in.
Julio Cesar and Carlos Bacca
LOVES THE HULK: A Brazil fan shows his support for star player Hulk.
Julio Cesar and Carlos Bacca
GREAT GOAL: Brazil's Paulinho leaps onto his captain Thiago Silva to celebrate the opening goal of their quarterfinal against Colombia.
Julio Cesar and Carlos Bacca
IT'S IN: Brazil captain Thiago Silva nudges in a loose ball from a Neymar corner to open the scoring in their quarterfinal against Colombia.
Julio Cesar and Carlos Bacca
OUCH: Brazil star Neymar clutches his back after a challenge from Colombia's Camilo Zuniga. He was carried off on a stretcher and taken to hospital.
Mathieu Debuchy
ON THE UP: Mathieu Debuchy heads the ball in France's quarterfinal against Germany.
Mathieu Debuchy
AERIAL TUSSLE: France's Patrice Evra fights for the ball with Germany's Thomas Mueller in the teams' World Cup quarterfinal encounter.
Mathieu Debuchy
MATCH-WINNER: Germany's Mats Hummels celebrates scoring the goal that put his team through to the World Cup semifinals.
Mathieu Debuchy
OUT OF REACH: France's Hugo Lloris was unable to save Mats Hummels strike.
Gonzalo Higuain
Argentina's Gonzalo Higuain celebrates after scoring a goal against Belgium during their quarterfinal.
Argentina v Belgium
Argentina's Lionel Messi takes a free kick during his sides quarterfinal against Belgium.
Gonzalo Higuain goal
Gonzalo Higuain of Argentina fires in the first and only goal in the eighth minute of his sides quarterfinal victory over Belgium.
Argentina v Belgium
Lionel Messi of Argentina controls the ball against Kevin De Bruyne of Belgium.
Argentina v Belgium
Belgium's Kevin Mirallas heads the ball narrowly wide as Argentina's Jose Basanta and Ezequiel Garay look on.
Argentina v Belgium
Argentina's Rodrigo Palacio watches as Belgium's Dries Mertens makes contact.
Robin van Persie
Robin van Persie of the Netherlands controls the ball during his sides quarterfinal against Costa Rica.
Tim Krul
Dutch goalkeeper Tim Krul celebrates after winning their penalty shootout in their quarterfinal against Costa Rica.
Netherlands v Costa Rica
The Netherlands players celebrate after winning the penalty shootout in their quarterfinals against Costa Rica.
Tim Krul
Dutch goalkeeper Tim Krul makes the winning save in the penalty shootout against Costa Rica.
Keylor Navas
Keylor Navas of Costa Rica makes one of many saves against the Netherlands.
Costa Rica's Johnny Acosta clears the ball off the line during extra time against the Netherlands.

A stunning free kick from Brazil's David Luiz sealed a 2-1 win over Colombia in a frantic World Cup quarterfinal today, taking the hosts into a semifinal against Germany and keeping them on track for a sixth world title.

An aggressive start from the hosts today was rewarded in the seventh minute when captain Thiago Silva bundled in Neymar's corner at the back post to put Brazil ahead. Later, the match-winning goal came midway through the second half when Luiz thundered home a dipping 30-metres free kick.

Colombia had a Mario Yepes effort ruled out for offside before in-form James Rodriguez dragged his side back into the match from the penalty spot with just over 10 minutes remaining. It was his sixth goal of the tournament.

That made for an uncomfortable finale for the Brazilians at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza, but they held on to reach the last four of the World Cup for the first time since 2002 and the 11th time overall.

Their hard-fought victory in a sometimes niggly Latin American clash also kept alive their remarkable record of having never lost a competitive home match since 1975.

But victory came at a price.


Thiago Silva was booked for a challenge on the Colombian goalkeeper and will miss the semifinal while Neymar was carried off late in the game and was taken to hospital with what appeared to be a serious injury. 

''It was a great game, Colombia had an excellent World Cup, they played nice football and they deserve a lot of credit,'' Luiz said before turning his attention to the Germans, who beat France in their quarterfinal.

''It will be a big game - a classic in world terms, and it will be very hard,'' he said.

After the drama of a penalty shootout win over Chile in the last 16, Brazil came out firing on all cylinders and dominated the first half.

Neymar was a constant threat on the left while the powerful running of Hulk kept the Colombian defence on the back foot.

Rodriguez came in for some rough treatment from Fernandinho but overall Brazil shackled the tournament's top scorer well.

Brazil captain Thiago Silva savoured the opening goal, clutching the Brazil badge on his shirt and mouthing the words ''this is Brazil'' to the cameras, but rued the fact that he will miss the semi-final.

''I am emotional because I give the team my heart and soul,'' he said in a televised interview.

''I am out the next game but Dante and Henrique can play well and fill my absence.''