The Seleção did not produce the most impressive display as they saw off South American rivals Columbia in their toughest encounter yet at the 2014 FIFA World Cup as they booked a place in the semi-finals. Two goals, one from inspirational captain Thiago Silva, and brilliant long range free-kick from his defence partner David Luiz, were enough to see off their opposition. A converted penalty by tournament leading top goal scored James Rodriguez provided a nervy last tem minutes for players and spectators alike.
Thiago Silva’s opening goal came just after six minutes and calmed the nerves of those watching in Fortaleza. With a goal advantage Brazil could effectively focus attention on Columbian sensation Rodriguez who had notched five goals at the tournament already. The game was played in a frenetic end-to-end fashion somewhat resemblance of a high-school championship game. Such was the pace and openness of the game that the hosts could have either run away with it or could have cried bitter tears in the end. (more…)