Fortaleza: Brazil captain Thiago Silva scored after seven minutes to give the tournament hosts a 1-0 lead over Colombia at half-time in their World Cup quarter-final on Friday.
Thiago Silva bundled in Neymar’s corner from close range after the Colombia defence failed to clear the ball and the goal settled Brazil who dominated the opening 45 minutes.
Carlos Sanchez was the guilty party as he completely lost Silva near the back post. The ball was allowed to hit the ground before Silva punched it home. That’s something which is unacceptable during corners.
Brazil’s Hulk showed well with a few dangerous attempts, but tournament poster boy Neymar didn’t have a significant impact in the first 45 minutes.
Colombia’s star James Rodriguez had one threatening run, but teammate Juan Cuadrado botched it with an indecisive cross from the right side.
Both the sides played physical, and the referee seems to have swallowed his cards.
Brazil’s Maicon made his first appearance of the World Cup, replacing Dani Alves at right back.
Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari made one other change to the side that beat Chile on penalties in the last 16, bringing Paulinho into the midfield to replace the suspended Luiz Gustavo.
Colombia also made two changes to the team that began their 2-0 defeat of Uruguay in the second round.
Midfielders Victor Ibarbo and Fredy Guarin started in place of holding midfielder Abel Aguilar and the more attack-minded Jackson Martinez, who both drop to the bench.