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Match report: Brazil seal World Cup semi-final spot, Neymar carried off

It’s the end of the road for James and the Colombians.

David Luiz consoles James after the final whistle.
David Luiz consoles James after the final whistle.
Image: EMPICS Sport

DAVID SILVA’S SCREAMING free kick gave Brazil a 2-1 win over Colombia on Friday to seal a World Cup semi-final place but the favourites saw Neymar stretchered off and captain Thiago Silva suspended for the next clash.

Silva bundled over a Neymar corner kick in the seventh minute to put his country ahead.

But he earned his second yellow card of the tournament in the second half for barging into Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina and will misss the semi-final against Germany next Tuesday.

Luiz stepped up to smash an unstoppable 30 metre free kick past Ospina in the 78th minute. But Neymar was carried off in agony late in the game after a rough challenge from Colombia defender Juan Camillo Zuniga.

- © AFP, 2014

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