The hosts took the lead in the seventh minute in Fortaleza when Neymar’s corner found captain Thiago Silva, who guided the ball in with his knee.
David Luiz’s stunning free-kick then made it 2-0 to Brazil in the 68th minute, before James Rodriguez netted what turned out to be a consolation for Colombia from the penalty spot.
Friday’s second quarter-final inevitably prompted plenty of activity on Twitter – and here are our favourite updates.
Hull City midfielder Tom Huddlestone (@Huddz8) is full of praise for Luiz as his dipping free-kick gives Brazil a 2-0 lead: “There it is people, goal of the tournament!!!!! Take a bow David luiz!!! Practise practise practise then produce in a Game! Marvellous”
Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva (@LucasLeiva87) chimes in: “… And a few people Say David Luiz isn’t a good player … what a goal my friend @DavidLuiz_4”
Chelsea defender Ryan Bertrand (@ryanbertrand3) is not surprised: “No surprise to me. He’s done it time after time in training now we see it at the biggest stage in football @DavidLuiz_4 #DavidLuiz”
Ex-Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) is full of praise for Rodriguez: “JAMES IS THE MAN. My player of the World Cup so far. Great passer & dribbler. Does the lot. Smoothness personified on a pitch.”
Former Chelsea man Ashley Cole (@TheRealAC3) is impressed by Colombia’s star man: “Cheer up James Rodriguez #Respect lad #BRAvsCOL”
Ex-Bolton captain Kevin Davies (@Kevin__Davies) offers his post-match thoughts: “The Brazil Train gathering momentum!! No Silva and possibly Neymar against Germany but going to be hard to stop them now… ”
Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) sums up the post-match goings-on: “Colombian players walking off in tears being comforted by Brazilian players. Wonderfully sporting scenes after a great sporting contest.”
And finally, Joey Barton (@Joey7Barton) has the last word: “James Rodriguez entered this tournament a young, highly rated talent. He exits as a potential heir to Messi’s throne and The Fucking Man…”
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