Brazil v. Colombia – match notes #BRAvCOL

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7′ – Fred is awful, but Thiago Silva isn’t!

The other takeaway of the first half is the lack of law enforcement. A tremendous number of fouls, but the Spanish referee, Velasco, kept his cards in his pocket.

In the second half, things got stupid. Brazil’s diving led to Neymar just getting creamed. Colombia makes up for Marcelo’s horrible tackles when Cuadrado gets his revenge on Neymar. If you’re going to get back at Brazil for Marcelo, take down Neymar, who left the game injured. Not sure if it’s something he can shake off by the semi-final.

64′ Thiago Silva is stupid, taking down Ospina as the Colombian keeper started to punt out. Now Silva misses the Germany match.

66′ It’s not just the referee, as the AR on the side of the Brazil goal makes the first of three horrible offside calls. Should be a goal for Colombia, but still 1-nil.

69′ Can’t argue with David Luiz’s goal, but it should be 2-1, not 2-nil.

78′ Any other referee would have sent Julio Cesar off, rather than just a yellow. At least Rodriguez scores on the penalty kick, 2-1. That has incredible significance beyond the match, since no Julio Cesar agains Germany would have been a catastrophe.

Still, Colombia had several opportunities and they failed to convert them. Hard to say they were robbed, even though there’s a stain on the match.

 

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