Jul 4, 2014 at 9pm UK at ​Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza
Brazil
2-1
Colombia
Silva (7'), Luiz (68')
Silva (64'), Cesar (78')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Rodriguez (80' pen.)
Rodrgiuez (67'), Yepes (72')

Thiago Silva: 'Juan Camilo Zuniga tackle on Neymar was cowardly'

Colombia's defender Juan Camilo Zuniga challenges Brazil's forward Neymar during the quarter-final football match between Brazil and Colombia at the Castelao Stadium in Fortaleza during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on July 4, 2014
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Thiago Silva hits out at Juan Camilo Zuniga for what he describes as a "cowardly" tackle on Neymar.

Thiago Silva has claimed that the challenge which ended Neymar's participation in the World Cup was a "cowardly" tackle from Juan Camilo Zuniga.

Neymar fractured a vertebra in his back when he was caught by Zuniga's knee in the closing stages of Brazil's 2-1 victory over Colombia in their quarter-final on Friday, and Silva believes that the defender was keen to hurt the Barcelona forward with the tackle.

"In my opinion, it was a cowardly tackle. I'm a defender and you don't do that," Silva told reporters.

"There's no way you put a knee behind a player to get a ball in front, unless you want to cause a certain situation."

FIFA confirmed on Monday that Zuniga would face no punishment for the challenge.

Colombia's defender Juan Camilo Zuniga challenges Brazil's forward Neymar during the quarter-final football match between Brazil and Colombia at the Castelao Stadium in Fortaleza during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on July 4, 2014
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