Luiz fires Brazil to semi final with a screamer

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David Luiz

David Luiz
David Luiz

David Luiz’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.

James Rodriguez celebrates scoring a penlaty
James Rodriguez celebrates scoring a penlaty

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

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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.

James Rodriguez (C) reacts next to Brazil's David Luiz (R) and Dani Alves after the quarter-final match
James Rodriguez (C) reacts next to Brazil’s David Luiz (R) and Dani Alves after the quarter-final match

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.