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

Luiz Felipe Scolari: "We got there in the end"

Brazil manager Luiz Felipe Scolari admits that his side were forced to battle their way into the semi-finals of the World Cup in the quarter-final win over Colombia.

Brazil manager Luiz Felipe Scolari has admitted that he was pleased with the way his side managed to drag themselves to victory over Colombia to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup.

Goals from Thiago Silva and David Luiz gave the Selecao a two-goal lead, but James Rodriguez scored from the penalty spot to set up a tense finale in Fortaleza.

Scolari's men managed to hold on to their lead to reach the last four of the tournament, where they will take on Germany.

Scolari told reporters: "We didn't have a problem with tiredness after the Chile game and the team made a full recovery, as you could see in the first half.

"If we'd have got the second goal then, it would have settled our nerves a bit more. The goal we conceded came about because we gave away possession and were caught off balance.

"They really committed men forward, with three strikers and James dropping into space. Our front men had to do a lot more running too, but we got there in the end. We've still got two steps to go but we've got the ability to get there."

Brazil will have to play the rest of the World Cup without Neymar as he was ruled out of the tournament after the game with a back injury.

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