World Cup: Brazil 2-1 Colombia – Hosts Shoot Down James Gang In Nervy, Niggly Fortaleza Clash (Photos & Highlights)

Alan Duffy

4th, July 2014


By Alan Duffy

Brazil 2-1 Colombia – World Cup Quarter-Finals – 4th July 2014


Well the feast of top-quality attacking football predicted by many ahead of this clash in Fortaleza didn’t really materialise. Instead, Brazil and Colombia played out a rather scrappy and niggly clash with neither side impressing overall.

The hosts’ captain Thiago Silva opened the scoring on seven minutes, bundling the ball home from a Neymar cross. After the goal, both sides pushed forward looking for the all important second goal, with both defences looking less than comfortable. However, rather than goals, it was fouls which started to pepper the game with referee Carlos Velasco Carballo seeming to have left his cards at home.

The second goal eventually came on 68 minutes, courtesy of a magnificent David Luiz thunderbolt. The game looked over at that stage but Colombia then started to create more chances against an increasingly panicky Brazil side and when sub Carlos Bacca was felled by Julio Cesar in the box, the outstanding James Rodriguez fired home his sixth goal of the tournament from the spot.

Los Cafeteros threw everything at the hosts goal but in the end, to the relief of the host nation, Brazil held on. However,  with captain Thiago Silva suspended for the semi-final against Germany, one wonders if passion and pride, rather than top quality football, will be enough to get the Brazilians through yet another round.


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Photos: PA

Highlights: Dailymotion

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  1. Cameron says:

    Now, I may still have been asleep from that France-Germany encounter, but wasn’t the final score 2-1 to the incredibly lucky hosts?

  2. B13 via Blendon says:

    Surely Brazil aren’t going to fluke their way to winning the damn thing?

  3. HotSpur922 says:

    Cameron, the score was 2-1 and Brasil wasn’t lucky…

    They dominated 3/4th of the game and only after the penalty did Colombia start to play a bit better…. each game Brasil has played they are better then the last. Is it Jogo Bonito? no but it isn’t luck either.

    I’m sure you’re just sour mighty england can’t win games with skill or luck…

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