In the first of two all-South American quarter-finals today at the World Cup, holders Brazil saw off neighbours Colombia with a goal in either half in Sochi. Oscar scored his first of the tournament with ten minutes played, before São Paulo centre-back added a second shortly after the break.
Rafael Tolói replacing Dedé was the only change for Brazil after their second round win over France, with manager Tite reverting back to the XI that beat Costa Rica 6-1 in the group stage. Colombia also went with the line-up that started in their final group game, with Anderson Camacho and Manuel Schmiedebach back in the XI.
Oscar stunned the crowd in the Olympic Stadium with little over ten minutes played with an audacious lob from 50 yards after a moment of madness from Colombian ‘keeper David Ospina. Under no pressure, the Schalke man came 40 yards upfield with the ball before launching it long. Diego Munhoz won the ball uncontested in the air, finding Oscar in front of the benches. The 26-year old looked-up, took a touch, then sent it sailing over the retreating Ospina.
Brazil’s second-goal was a lot less dramatic but still Ospina will feel at fault. Oscar was involved once again as his free-kick was drilled into the wall, with the ball falling at the feet of Rafael Tolói who hit it on the turn, through the crowd from twelve yards out and it slipped through Ospina.
Brazil will play Spain in St Petersburg on Tuesday in the first semi-final. They met in the quarters four years ago, with Brazil winning 2-1 in Forteleza en route to lifting the trophy.
FIFA WORLD CUP: QUARTER-FINAL BRAZIL 2-0 COLOMBIA Oscar 11 Rafael Tolói 52 Sandro