It’s the Fourth of July, and while America may be out of the World Cup, soccer-enthusiasts are still gathering to watch the games.
Brazil made its way into the World Cup semifinals for the first time in 12 years by beating Colombia 2-1 Friday, with the goals coming from defenders Thiago Silva and David Luiz.
Brazil and Colombia enter the World Cup quarterfinals with totally different mindsets. Brazil is surrounded by doubts after a more difficult start than expected to the tournament it is hosting. Colombia is upbeat after convincing performances and four straight wins.
Brazil is trying to regroup for the rest of the World Cup after narrowly avoiding a humiliating elimination from its home tournament.
FIFA has officially charged Uruguay’s Luis Suarez with biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini in the teams’ World Cup match, a process that could lead to a suspension for Uruguay’s best offensive player.
With just one point from its first two Group C matches, Japan must beat already-qualified Colombia on Tuesday and hope for a slip-up by second-place Ivory Coast in the group’s other game to reach the knockout stage for the third time in four World Cups.
Colombia moved to the verge of qualifying for the World Cup’s knockout stage on Thursday, beating Ivory Coast 2-1 after scoring twice in a devastating six-minute spell in the second half.
The players and coaches have been channeling their inner spiritual animal this year.
Colombia started its firstWorld Cup campaign in 16 years in dazzling fashion, beating Greece 3-0 with goals from Pablo Armero, Teofilo Gutierrez and James Rodriguez in the Group C opener on Saturday.
Brazil’s soccer team is headed to South Florida after the World Cup.