The hosting team of World Cup 2014 defeated Colombia 2-1 and secured its place in semifinals against Germany on Tuesday in Belo Horizonte for the first time in 12 years. Colombia last beat Brazil at the Copa America in 1991, losing seven and drawing five since that encounter.
Defender Thiago Silva scored the first goal with his left knee on the seventh minute, after a corner from Neymar passed through the Colombian defense. He celebrated the goal by pointing to the emblem on his jersey and shouting, ‚ÄúThis is Brazil, this is Brazil.‚ÄĚ
The second goal happened in the 69th with the help of David Luiz, who sent a long- range shot off the side of his foot into the top of the net. In the 80th minute Colombia scored its only goal, when its favorite James Rodriguez kicked his sixth goal from the penalty spot.
‚ÄúThis is a very tough moment for us,‚ÄĚ Colombia coach Jose Pekerman said. ‚ÄúWe always had the dream of winning this match even though we knew Brazil would be a very tough opponent. We knew how decisive this was, and that any mistake would cost us.‚ÄĚ
The Brazil 22-year-old striker was kicked in his back by Colombia defender Juan Camilo Zuniga in the second half of the match, and was later carried out off the field in terrible pain on a stretcher, as his teammate Marcelo quickly called for medical assistance.
Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said earlier Friday evening that Neymar may not be able to play against Germany in the World Cup semifinals due to his injury. “It will be very difficult for Neymar to play” next Tuesday in Belo Horizonte, Scolari said.
‚ÄúNeymar has a broken vertebra ‚ÄĒ he‚Äôs expected to be out for four to six weeks,‚ÄĚ Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar told SportTV. ‚ÄúHe will not be in condition to play, he will need a few weeks to be fit again. He is very, very sad.‚ÄĚ
Brazil midfielder Fernandinho said that it was ‚Äúa big loss for‚ÄĚ the team, but believes that they ‚Äúneed to find a way to stay together and become stronger after losing our greatest player. We will try to win this World Cup and for sure we will dedicate it to Neymar.‚ÄĚ
Brazil, which is trying to become the first host to win the World Cup since France in 1998, will also be without Silva for Tuesday’s match against Germany. The captain must sit out after getting his second yellow card of the tournament after impeding Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina.
Germany, who beat France 1-0 in their quarter-final, will need to show mental strength to cope with the tidal wave of emotion and support that Scolari hopes will carry Brazil to the Maracana a week on Sunday, reports BBC Sport.
At the last two World Cups, Brazil lost to the Netherlands in the quarterfinals in 2010 and to France in 2006. The team hadn‚Äôt made it to the semifinals since it won its fifth world title in South Korea and Japan in 2002, says Aol.com