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World Cup live blog: July 4

July 4, 2014

The quarterfinals begin with France vs. Germany at noon Eastern time, followed by Brazil vs. Colombia at 4 p.m.

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Fans of Brazil celebrate during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Quarter Final match between Brazil and Colombia at Castelao on July 4, 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Fans of Brazil celebrate during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Quarter Final match between Brazil and Colombia at Castelao on July 4, 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

The hosts have advanced to the semifinals with a gritty 2-1 victory over Colombia.

Thiago Silva scored the first goal in the seventh minute and David Luiz provided the two goal cushion with a free-kick strike in the 69th minute.

Colombia’s James Rodriguez scored with a penalty kick in the 80th minute to close the gap to one goal.

Brazil did not come out of the match unscathed as superstar Neymar was carried off the pitch late in the match after being kneed in the back. Additionally, Silva will be serving a one-match suspension for receiving his second yellow card of the tournament during the match.

Brazil will play Germany, the winner over France, 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

Team Stats
Brazil Colombia
2 Goals 1
1 Assists 0
12 Shots 11
6 Shots on Goal 6
5 Saves 4
0 Penalties Scored 1
0 Penalty Kicks 1
7 Crosses 16
4 Corner Kicks 6
0 Offside 3
30 Fouls Committed 23
2 Cautions/Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
56% Ball Possession 44%
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Brazilian superstar Neymar was carried off the pitch in a stretcher in the 88th minute after being kneed in the back by Juan Zuniga while they were both chasing down the ball. He was replaced by Henrique – Brazil’s final substitution.

Neymar on stretcher. (ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Neymar on stretcher. (ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

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Ramires comes in for Hulk in the 83rd minute while Hernanes replaces Paulinho in the 86th minute.

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James Rodriguez gets Colombia on the board with a penalty kick in the 80th minute.

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David Luiz was fired up after his second-half goal, finishing his celebration by kicking the corner flag.

Brazil's defender David Luiz celebrates scoring 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. AFP PHOTO / VANDERLEI ALMEIDAVANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images

Brazil’s defender David Luiz celebrates scoring 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. (VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images

Brazil's defender David Luiz celebrates after scoring his team's second goal 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.  AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSENODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images

Brazil’s defender David Luiz celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal 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. (ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

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Carlos Bacca comes in for Teo in the 70th minute for Colombia’s second substitution.

The first came before the second half began when Adrian Ramos entered for Victor Ibarbo.

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David Luiz scores with a free kick  in the 69th minute to push Brazil’s lead to 2-0. The ball just barely went past the outstretched hand of goalkeeper David Ospina.

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Brazil’s Thiago Silva earned the first yellow card of match and his second of the tournament, meaning he would be out of the semifinals if his team advances.

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Brazil fans look like they’re enjoying themselves. And for good reason – Brazil appears to be in full control of the match so far.

Brazil's fans cheer before 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. AFP PHOTO / VANDERLEI ALMEIDAVANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images

Brazil’s fans cheer before 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. (VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Fans of Brazil celebrate during a live football screening at Portela Samba School in Rio de Janeiro on July 4, 2014, after Brazil's defender and captain Thiago Silva scored their team's first goal during their 2014 FIFA World Cup quarter-final football match against Colombia at the Castelao Stadium in Fortaleza. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBAYASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images

Fans of Brazil celebrate during a live football screening at Portela Samba School in Rio de Janeiro on July 4, 2014, after Brazil’s defender and captain Thiago Silva scored their team’s first goal during their 2014 FIFA World Cup quarter-final football match against Colombia at the Castelao Stadium in Fortaleza. (YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)

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The pressure of having an entire nation watching isn’t enough to prevent Brazil‘s defender David Luiz and Colombia’s defender Cristian Zapata from sharing a laugh.

Brazil's defender David Luiz (R) holds Colombia's defender Cristian Zapata's head 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.    AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINIFABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images

Brazil’s defender David Luiz (R) holds Colombia’s defender Cristian Zapata’s head 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. (FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

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Brazil leads Colombia, 1-0, at halftime. Captain Thiago Silva scored off a corner kick from Neymar in the seventh minute for the match’s only goal.

The hosts have had chances to add to their lead but Colombia’s goalkeeper David Ospina has made four brilliant saves to keep his team in the match.

Team Stats
Brazil Colombia
1 Goals 0
1 Assists 0
10 Shots 4
5 Shots on Goal 2
2 Saves 4
0 Penalties Scored 0
0 Penalty Kicks 0
3 Crosses 8
4 Corner Kicks 1
0 Offside 0
14 Fouls Committed 12
0 Cautions/Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
63% Ball Possession 37%
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Hulk gets a good look in the 39th minute but his shot goes over the net.

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Think these guys are feeling the pressure? A bit of chippiness going on, but the ref is letting the teams play on.

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Brazil continues the assault, but Colombia’s goalkeeper David Ospina makes two great saves.

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No surprise here, but here’s a photo of just how packed the stadium is for this match.

Fans wait for the start of the 2014 World Cup quarter-finals between Colombia and Brazil at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza July 4, 2014.   REUTERS/Yves Herman

Fans wait for the start of the 2014 World Cup quarter-finals between Colombia and Brazil at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza July 4, 2014. REUTERS/Yves Herman

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Well, that was quick. Thiago Silva scores in the seventh minute off a corner-kick assist from Neymar. Brazil leads 1-0.

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Brazil got the first opportunity to score with a free kick but Neymar misses it wide.

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Both Brazil and Colombia fans get pretty excited about goals.

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(H/T Reddit)

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