Host Brazil is moving on to the semifinals of the World Cup after beating fellow heavyweight Colombia 2-1 in a game that had its share of suspect calls.
As Matthew Cowley noted there were a total of 51 fouls in this match, which made the whole thing kind of a slog. Many, many fans were crying foul at the officiating, especially as it mostly came to the aid of Brazil, the host country.
That was the ugliest Brazilian victory in the World Cup since... since... their opening match vs. Croatia. #blech— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) July 4, 2014
One questionable call led to this *pretty spectacular* long-range goal on a free kick by David Luiz, which put Brazil up 2-0 in the match:
Yeah if I was a #col fan right now I'd be real mad.— AdamSerwer (@AdamSerwer) July 4, 2014
This game is a sham. Should be 1-1 now. #BRAvCOL— Melanie Renzulli (@melanierenzulli) July 4, 2014
Nice goal by David Luiz, but this guy is still the man of the match pic.twitter.com/bUPkEuxsNZ— Gabe Goodwin (@GabeTheWP) July 4, 2014
Another foul led to a late penalty kick that was knocked home by Colombia's James Rodriguez to cut the lead to 2-1 and make it something of a game.
Almost more remarkable was the enormous praying mantis that flew onto Rodriguez's arm following his score.
Seriously look at the size of this bug (photo via AFP) pic.twitter.com/Vrcorn4jAf— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) July 4, 2014
Brazil will face Germany next, which bested France earlier today.