Saturday, July 5, 2014

2014 World Cup: Brazil and Germany qualify for semi-final

Brazil defeated Colombia 2-1 and Germany beat France 1-0 in the World Cup quarter-finals on Friday (yesterday) to set up a heavyweight semi-final showdown.

An early goal from Brazil skipper Thiago Silva and a stunning
free-kick from David Luiz was enough to give the World Cup hosts victory over Colombia in a niggly last eight meeting in Fortaleza.

Colombia's star James Rodriguez left the field in tears after his sixth goal of the tournament, an 80th-minute penalty, was not enough to prevent Brazil from advancing to Tuesday's semi-final in Belo Horizonte.

The victory came at a cost for Brazil, though, with captain Silva picking up a yellow card which will see him suspended for the clash with the Germans.

Star striker Neymar was also stretchered from the pitch late in
the game, potentially creating a problem for Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari.

Brazil's semi-final will see them play Germany in a repeat of the 2002 World Cup final won 2-0 by the South Americans.

It will be only the second time Brazil has met Germany at a World Cup.

Germany reached the semi-finals for a record fourth straight time
earlier Friday after a header from Mats Hummels helped beat France 1-0  at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

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