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David Luiz thunderbolt sinks Colombia as Brazil star Neymar is stretchered off

Brazil's David Luiz celebrates victory

Brazil's David Luiz celebrates victory

David Luiz thundered home one of the World Cup’s finest goals as Brazil progressed to the semi-finals, disposing of Colombia in an enthralling battle.

However, the 2-1 victory was tinged with concern after star man Neymar left the field on a stretcher in the closing stages.

The immense pressure of being host nation and favourites showed in their last-16 tie, with Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side requiring penalties and a dollop of good fortune to see off Chile.

Another South American rival awaited at the quarter-final juncture, with Luiz’s outstanding 35-yard free-kick decisive in a 2-1 victory after which one of the main talking points will be Neymar’s fitness.

The 22-year-old, so key to the Selecao, went to ground in agony during the closing stages after taking a knee to the back from Juan Zuniga, leaving the field in tears on a stretcher.

Brazil skipper Thiago Silva opened the scoring inside seven minutes.

It was a lead Brazil worked hard to extend and, having seen a Mario Yepes goal ruled out for offside, struck with aplomb midway through the second half, with Luiz sending home an outstanding 35-yard free-kick to send the nation into delirium.

James Rodriguez nadded to his haul with a penalty but Brazil rode out a nervy final 10 minutes to progress, with attentions now turning to the fitness of Neymar.

 

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