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Brazil beats Colombia 2-1 to reach semifinals

Brazil holds off Colombia 2-1 to reach World Cup semifinals for 1st time since 2002

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    Brazil's Neymar reacts after missing a chance to score during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Brazil and Colombia at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Friday, July 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

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    Brazil's Neymar takes a free kick against Colombia's defensive wall during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Brazil and Colombia at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Friday, July 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

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    Brazil's Thiago Silva, center, celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Brazil and Colombia at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Friday, July 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

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    Brazil's David Luiz head the ball next to Colombia's Juan Cuadrado during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Brazil and Colombia at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Friday, July 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

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    Colombia's Victor Ibarbo grimaces after being hit in the head as Colombia's James Rodriguez looks on during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Brazil and Colombia at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Friday, July 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

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    Brazil's Neymar controls the ball during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Brazil and Colombia at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Friday, July 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

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    Brazil's Thiago Silva, bottom, scores his side's first goal during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Brazil and Colombia at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Friday, July 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Fabrizio Bensch, pool)

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    Brazil's Paulinho, right, challenges Colombia's Cristian Zapata during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Brazil and Colombia at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Friday, July 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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    Brazil's Thiago Silva, bottom, celebrates with Paulinho after scoring the opening goal during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Brazil and Colombia at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Friday, July 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

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    Colombia's James Rodriguez tries to head the ball against Brazil's Hulk during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Brazil and Colombia at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Friday, July 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

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FORTALEZA, Brazil — Brazil made its way into the World Cup semifinals for the first time in 12 years by beating Colombia 2-1 today, with the goals coming from defenders Thiago Silva and David Luiz.

Brazil, which had been eliminated in the quarterfinals at the last two World Cups, will next play Germany on Tuesday.

Silva gave Brazil the lead in the seventh minute, scoring with his left knee after a corner from Neymar. Luiz added the second from a free kick in the 69th, sending a swerving long-range shot into the top of the net.

Colombia got one back in the 80th when striker James Rodriguez scored his tournament-leading sixth goal from the penalty spot.

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