Brazil Celebrates After a Spirited Victory Against Colombia

Brazil defeated a determined Colombia 2-1 to enter FIFA World Cup 2014 semifinal where they will face Germany. Fans in the host nation celebrated late into the night.

updated: July 05, 2014 10:05 IST
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Brazil's David Luiz celebrates after his team's win against Colombia.


Fortaleza: Despite a beginning shrouded in uneasiness, the World Cup in Brazil had morphed over four weeks into a rollicking party. Public anger about the tournament, about the hypocrisy and misplaced values it was said to represent, noticeably dissipated as the home team charmed more and more of the nation. (Complete FIFA World Cup coverage)

Streets across the country cleared out when Brazil played, but they nevertheless filled with invisible noise that streamed from restaurants and homes. Fireworks sizzled in every major city to announce every goal, every win. And after the games, the music was turned all the way up again. (Highlights: Brazil vs Colombia)

The party continued, even louder, on Friday night. Showing its most spirited performance yet in this quarterfinal game, Brazil dispatched an upstart Colombia team, 2-1, in front of a deafening sellout crowd at Estadio Castelao. (Also read: Germany frustrate France, win 1-0 to enter semis)

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