The Future is Binary – Brazil beat Colombia 2-1 in their quarterfinal in soccer’s World Cup to earn a place in the next round against Germany.
Defenders Thiago Silva and David Luiz scored from set pieces in each half to give Brazil the lead. James Rodriguez scored a 78th minute penalty after goalkeeper Julio Cesar brought down Carlos Bacca in the box, getting a yellow card in the process. It was Rodriguez’s sixth goal, making him the event’s leading scorer.
Silva, the captain, put the ball in the net with his knee after a corner kick in the seventh minute, and an hour later Luiz scored from a free kick in Fortaleza. Earlier today, Germany beat France 1-0 in their quarterfinal in Rio de Janeiro to reach its record fourth straight semifinal.
Silva arrived at the back post as the corner kick arrived and he was able get his knee in the way and put it in the goal. Luiz scored with a swerving kick in the 68th minute.
Germany moved to the July 8th match, giving it a part in the semifinals of 10 of the 13 World Cups. Tomorrow, Argentina plays Belgium and the Netherlands meets Costa Rica to decide the other semifinal. The tournament ends with a July 13 final back in Rio’s Maracana stadium.
Defender Mats Hummels scored in the 13th minute with a header from a set piece to give Germany the lead. He also scored against Portugal in the opening round of the tournament in Brazil.
“It certainly was not a perfect match, but it was pretty good and I think we deserve to go on,” Hummels told reporters after the match. “If we can carry on this kind of soccer, a few things could pan out, even if the next match will certainly be difficult.”The French were denied 20 minutes after the German goal by goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who reached down and stopped Mathieu Valbuena’s attempt and then Karim Benzema was unable to get any power on the rebound. Valbuena was having success against Germany’s defense on the wings.
Fifteen minutes into the second half, Valbuena’s cross found the head of defender Raphael Varane, whose header was stopped easily by Neuer.