Brazil beat Colombia 2-1 and advance to the semifinals

With two goals by central defenders Brazil won 2-1 against Colombia and therefore saw off the most exciting team in the tournament and the hosts advance to the semifinals where they'll face Germany. The match was marked by very poor refereeing by Carlos Velasco Carballo and Neymar's injury which means the World Cup is over for him.

It was another difficult victory for Brazil but they did manage to win this one in regular time and this is a testament to their character. They took the lead in the 7th minute, Thiago Silva being the scorer. Brazil played well and despite David Luiz leaving his defensive duties behind to dribble forward Brazil weren't in danger of conceding as Colombia and James Rodriguez were failing to play exciting football they've played against the likes of Japan, Ivory Coast, Greece and Uruguay.

Referee Carballo from Spain infuriated Colombia with some of his decisions, and some will say he prevented Colombia from playing by always whistling the foul for Brazil. As much as he protected Neymar, he failed to protect James Rodriguez in the same way and Colombia were rendered toothless, playing against the run of play, against the score and against the referee.

The scrappy game was decided when David Luiz whipped in a perfect free kick in the 68th minute for 2-0, and it was the first goal scored directly from a free kick in this tournament. Carballo awarded a penalty kick to Colombia and James Rodriguez converted it, it was 2-1 in the 80th minute. There were some nerve-wracking moments for Brazil in the final minutes but they've managed to protect their lead.

In the 88th minute the disaster struck as Juan Zuniga struck Neymar's back with his knee and broke his spine. The best Brazilian player will miss the rest of the tournament.