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Silva was the crucial player for Brazil, but he will miss the match against Germany after getting his second yellow card of the tournament for trying to keep Ospina from putting the ball back in play.
It meant for a turgid first half of few opportunities but Hummels made no mistake with his, proving too strong for his marker, Raphael Varane, from a typically dead eye delivery from Kroos.
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Benzema late chance got French fans excited, but Germany already could have been 2 0 by then, with France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris saving a low shot by substitute Andre Schuerrle on a counter attack.
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back in the 80th. James Rodriguez scored his tournament leading sixth goal from the penalty spot after Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar brought down substitute Carlos Bacca inside the area.
It guaranteed Europe at least one representative in the semifinals the Netherlands and Belgium also have chances to qualify Saturday and continued Germany recent dominance over France at World Cups.
Tightening up both its defense and midfield, Germany selected a more robust team after looking shaky and open in a 2 1 win over Algeria in the second round and gave France little room to play.
Colombia had a goal disallowed in the 66th minute for offside. Veteran defender Mario Yepes found the net from close range after a scramble inside the penalty area but the linesman had already stopped play.
The Brazilian star was apparently crying in pain as he was carried out of the field. After the match, it was announced that he could miss the semifinals.
The occasion was perhaps too much for a young, revamped France team playing together in football marquee tournament for the first time. The attacking flair that characterized much of their play in the group stage was largely absent in the 2 0 win over Nigeria in the second round and again here in Rio de Janiero.
is a very tough moment for us, Colombia coach Jose Pekerman said. always had the dream of winning this match even though we knew Brazil would be a very tough opponent. We knew how decisive this was, and that any mistake would cost us. was coming off four straight wins, playing some of the most impressive football of the tournament.
the quarterfinals for the first time, had entered the match with an offensive team that had scored 11 goals, second only to the Netherlands.
That went down as one of the most riveting matches in World Cup history, but the rematch 32 years on couldn have been more different.
in a cagey match settled by a first half header from Mats Hummels.
France struggled to impose its attacking game in the face of a robust, experienced Germany side that seemed more comfortable on the big stage.
Brazil, which had been eliminated in the quarterfinals at the last two World Cups, will next play Germany on Tuesday in Belo Horizonte.
Next up for Germany as it seeks a fourth world title will be the winner of Friday later quarterfinal between Brazil and Colombia.
At the other end, France pierced Germany high defensive line to produce chances for Valbuena and Benzema but goalkeeper Neuer was equal to both attackers efforts.
Rodriguez tried to control the pace of the match at the Arena Castelao, but it was Brazil that created most of the scoring chances as Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina had to make a series of saves in the first half alone.
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The center back headed Toni Kroos free kick in off the underside of the bar in the 13th minute in one of the few chances created in muggy conditions at Maracana Stadium.
At the last two World Cups, Brazil lost to the Netherlands in the quarterfinals in 2010 and to France in 2006. The team hadn made it to the semifinals since it won its fifth world title in South Korea and Japan in 2002.
The Colombians tried to pressure in the end after Rodriguez penalty, but Brazil held on with tough defending.
Silva gave Brazil the lead in the seventh minute, scoring with his left knee after a corner from Neymar passed through the Colombian defense. He celebrated the goal by pointing to the emblem on Adidas Mens Hoodies his jersey and shouting, is Brazil, this is Brazil. added the second from a free kick in the 69th, sending a swerving long range shot off the side of his foot into the top of the net.
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Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer punched away Karim Benzema powerful drive in injury time to preserve the lead, having saved well from Mathieu Valbuena and Benzema in the first half.
The most notorious of those was the meeting in the 1982 semifinals in Spain, when Germany won on penalties following a 3 3 draw in a match marked by a late and high tackle by Germany goalkeeper Harald Schumacher on France defender Patrick Battiston that escaped punishment.
not playing in the World Cup for so long, we were able to show the value of the Colombian football and the talent of some of our players, said Pekerman, an Argentine. showed great spirit and presence of mind. was a lot of talk about Rodriguez and Neymar before the match, but the 22 year old forwards didn really live up to expectations. Rodriguez scored the late penalty but was otherwise mostly ineffective, as was Neymar before he left on a stretcher after being hit on the back late in the match.
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