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PHOTOS: Luiz wonder-kick sets up Brazil date with Germany

Last updated on: July 05, 2014 04:42 IST

PHOTOS: Luiz wonder-kick sets up Brazil date with Germany

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A sensational David Luiz free-kick took Brazil into the World Cup semi-finals with a 2-1 victory over Colombia, but the tournament hosts saw star striker Neymar carried off in agony towards the end of Friday's quarter-final.

Brazil's captain Thiago Silva will also be suspended for Tuesday's semi-final against Germany after he followed up his first World Cup goal with his second yellow card of the tournament.

Brazil are in the World Cup semi-finals for the first time in 12 years and coach Luiz Felipe Scolari is a step nearer his vow to win the Cup for a sixth time.

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Image: Brazil's David Luiz (No 4) scores from his free-kick past Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina
Photographs: Marcelo Del Pozo/Reuters

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Neymar was stretchered off

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But Scolari buried his head in his hands when he saw Silva booked and faces an anxious wait for news of Neymar, who was reportedly taken to hospital for tests.

Neymar was stretchered off with a back injury after being clattered by Colombia defender Juan Camilo Zuniga.

Globo television said the Brazilian star was taken away in an ambulance.

Colombia's James Rodriguez extended his lead as the tournament's top scorer with his sixth goal in five games from the penalty spot after Julio Cesar brought down Carlos Bacca.

Brazil move on to only their second World Cup meeting with Germany in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday.

The Germans beat France 1-0 earlier in the day.

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Image: Brazil striker Neymar is stretchered off the pitch after a challenge
Photographs: Fabrizio Bensch - Pool/Getty Images

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Silva puts Brazil ahead

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Roared off on by a fervent home crowd, the hosts made a fast start and were ahead inside seven minutes.

Just as in their last 16 clash with Chile, a finish at the back post from a Neymar corner opened the scoring, as Silva escaped the clutches of Carlos Sanchez and bundled the ball home.

Silva then had defensive duties to do as he got the slightest of touches to Juan Cuadrado's drive to turn it behind as Colombia tried to react.

Jose Pekerman's men could have been further behind moments later, as David Ospina got down well to parry Hulk's effort before making a more comfortable save from Oscar.

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Image: Brazil captain Thiago Silva celebrates after scoring his team's first goal past David Ospina of Colombia
Photographs: Michael Steele/Getty Images

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Columbia counter-attacks Brazil

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Silva had to intervene once more to break up a flowing Colombia counter-attack led by Rodriguez, but Cuadrado's poor pass allowed the Brazilian captain to intercept when he had two free teammates waiting for a cross

Ospina denied Hulk once more with another save low to his left before Neymar bent a free-kick inches over the crossbar as Brazil ended the half looking to kill the game off.

Chances at both ends dried up early on in the second-half, despite the game continuing to be played at a frenetic pace.

Brazil were dealt a huge blow midway through the second-half when Silva was booked for barging into Ospina as he sought to clear the ball.

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Image: Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar tries to stop an an attempt at goal by Colombia's Mario Yepes (No 3)
Photographs: Marcelo Del Pozo/Reuters

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Luiz's stunner killed the contest

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Brazilian nerves were settled in the 69th minute when Luiz sent a wonderful dipping free-kick high past Ospina from 30 metres.

Yet, Colombia were back in the game 10 minutes from time when substitute Carlos Bacca was brought down by Julio Cesar inside the area.

The Brazil goalkeeper was lucky just to see a yellow card from Spanish referee Carlos Velasco Carballo. But he could do nothing to stop Rodriguez rolling home his sixth goal of the tournament from the resultant penalty.

Scolari's men saw out the final few minutes, but there could be more bad news ahead as they wait for news of Neymar's fate.


Image: Brazil's David Luiz (No 4) celebrates scoring his team's second goal
Photographs: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

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