Brazil are through to the semi finals after they secured a scrappy 2-1 win over Colombia.

Date: July 4, 2014

Result: Brazil 2-1 Colombia

 

 

Scorers:

Brazil:

  • Thiago Silva 7, David Luiz 69

Colombia:

  • James Rodriguez pen 80

 

Venue: Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza

Attendance: 60,342

Match overview: Colombia have reached the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time in their history. Brazil have reached the quarter-finals in each of the last six World Cups. Colombia have not beaten since 1991, but they have not been beaten by the hosts since 2001 – the last four encounters resulting in a draw.

Key moment: Thiago Silva’s opening goal energised Brazil in the first half. For the first time in this tournament there were glimpses of the flamboyant Brazil people have come to expect.

Man of the match: David Luiz. Early mazy run set the tone for a vibrant first half performance by Brazil and he capped a fine display with a wonderful free-kick, which ultimately decided the game.

Matter of fact: A total of 54 fouls were committed in the match, the most in any game at this World Cup so far. This was not the classic most neutrals were hoping for.

Talking point: Brazil appear to have mastered the art of winning ugly. After getting off to a dream start with Thiago Silva’s early goal, the match degenerated into scrappy spectacle littered with fouls. This is a functional Luiz Felipe Scolari side set up to contain opponents in the hope that Neymar can produce something magical at the other end, Once again, the star striker was largely anonymous, and it was only through two set-pieces that the hosts eventually prevailed.

Stats:

Goal attempts

  • Brazil 12
  • Colombia 11

On target

  • Brazil 6
  • Colombia 6

Corners

  • Brazil 4
  • Colombia 6

Line-ups:

Brazil:

  • 12 Julio César
  • 23 Maicon
  • 06 Marcelo
  • 08 Paulinho (Hernanes – 86′ )
  • 03 Thiago Silva
  • 04 David Luiz
  • 10 Neymar (Henrique – 88′ )
  • 05 Fernandinho
  • 09 Fred
  • 11 Oscar
  • 07 Hulk (Ramires – 83′ )

Colombia

  • 01 Ospina
  • 18 Zuñiga
  • 07 Armero
  • 06 Sánchez
  • 02 Zapata
  • 03 Yepes
  • 11 Cuadrado (Quintero – 80′ )
  • 13 Guarín
  • 09 Gutiérrez (Bacca – 70′ )
  • 10 Rodríguez
  • 14 Ibarbo (Ramos – 45′ )

Yellow cards:

Brazil:

  • Thiago Silva 64, Julio Cesar 78

Colombia:

  • Rodriguez 67, Yepes 69

Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (Spain)

 

 

  • Arutha201

    “Brazil appear to have mastered the art of winning ugly.”

    And that is definitely not something to celebrate.