Soccer: Powers Brazil, Germany into semi-finals
By Andrew Downie
RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazil beat Colombia 2-0 to move into the last four and a date with Honduras, while Nigeria and Germany both won on Saturday to set up an intriguing semi-final line up in men's soccer at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
Brazil, who have never won the Olympic soccer title, were nervous, especially in a first half that had 21 fouls and five yellows cards, four of them for Colombia.
The visitors rarely tried to play, preferring to hack at their opponents and it was from a 30-yard free kick that Brazil took the lead after 12 minutes with Neymar curling the ball through a wall that disintegrated.
Brazil were the better team throughout and Luan got the second goal they deserved seven minutes from time when he lifted a sublime chip over the goalkeeper from 25 yards out.
"It was very important that we scored early and that helped us not fall into their trap of winding us up," defender Marquinhos told TV cameras after the game in Sao Paulo.
"We are very disciplined to not lose a goal and when we score early that allows us to open up a bit," he added.
"We held it together at the back and we played well."
Rampant Germany hammered Portugal 4-0 to set up a semi-final clash with Nigeria. Continued...