How the players rated in the quarter-final between the hosts and Colombia in Fortaleza
Julio Cesar 6
The hero of the last-16 tie had very little to do in the first half, despite the gung-ho nature of the game. Conceded a penalty to give Colombia a lifeline and was perhaps lucky to stay on the pitch.
Thundered down the right on a couple of occasions, enjoying the space allowed by Cuadrado. Solid enough.
Thiago Silva 6
Opened the scoring from close range inside seven minutes and marshalled the Brazilian backline with authority and energy. Booked after pointlessly blocking Ospina’s clearance and misses the semi-final.
David Luiz 8
Wild and wonderful run on the half-hour added to the slightly madcap nature of the first half. Made several crashing clearances and, perhaps surprisingly, was positionally excellent. Scored a scintillating free-kick midway through the second half.
Like his fellow full-back Maicon, enjoyed the space left by Colombia’s wide forwards. Vital late intervention prevented Yepes from getting a shot away in injury time.
Incredibly fortunate not to get booked for a succession of fouls, but played his shielding role well.
Along with Fernandinho, led the intimidation of Colombia in general and Rodríguez in particular. Offered an occasional burst forward too.
Almost made it 2-0 after lovely one-two with Neymar in the first half and was later denied by Ospina. Faded after the break.
Worked hard defensively, but made little impact going forward.
Chipped an early free-kick wide. His corner for the opening goal gave him his first assist of the tournament. Curled an effort narrowly wide just after the second goal. Carried off in tears in the second half and must be a doubt for the semi-final.
Did little of note with the ball, but occupied Zapata and Yepes enough to create space for the trio behind.
David Ospina 7
Could do nothing about the opening goal, then made double save to deny Hulk and Oscar. Followed it up with a superb block from Hulk and was similarly helpess from David Luiz’s free-kick.
Juan Zuniga 5
Given a difficult time by Hulk and at times left exposed by Cuadrado. Rampaging run late on helped keep the pressure on the hosts.
Cristian Zapata 6
Given goal-kick duty. Dovetailed neatly with Yepes and coped with what threat Fred offered.
Mario Yepes 6
Stood firm in face of early Brazil pressure. Thought he had an equaliser in the second half at 1-0 but was denied by offside flag. Superb tackle denied Neymar with 15 minutes to go.
Pablo Armero 6
Vital clearing tackle under pressure from David Luiz to prevent Brazil from going 2-0 up inside 20 minutes. Struggled for end product to his forward runs and was caught criminally offside from a break in the second half.
Fredy Guarin 5
Humped a 10th-minute free-kick miles over the bar and did little else of note. Struggled, along with Sanchez, to offer enough protection to the back four when Brazil pressed early on.
Carlos Sanchez 5
Tasked with man-marking Neymar but lost Thiago Silva for the opening goal.
Juan Cuadrado 5
Disappointing. Flashed a shot wide from the edge of the box in the 11th minute, but wasted several promising situations. His replacement Quintero carried more threat.
James Rodríguez 8
Seemed to have a pair of bullseyes painted on his legs – was the target for Brazilian aggression throughout and was not adequately protected by the referee. Always looked the player most likely to impact on the game for Colombia. Booked in rather farcical fashion. Coolly slotted home his penalty.
Victor Ibarbo 5
Confused by a quick Rodriguez free-kick, which almost led to a chance for Brazil. Looked overwhelmed at points. Replaced by Ramos at half-time.
Teofilo Gutierrez 4
Isolated and anonymous throughout. Replaced after Brazil’s second goal.