Neymar (Getty Images)
Cape Town - Olympics hosts Brazil have seemed to finally be hitting top
gear as they beat Colombia 2-0 to power their way into the semi-final of
the football competition.
The Brazilians began the tournament very poorly with two consecutive
grab 0-0 draws against South Africa and Iraq, leading to boos echoing
around the stadium at the final whistle on both occasions.
However, any fears the nation's under-23 side would flatter to
deceive at the tournament are quickly being eroded by their increasingly
impressive performances in the playoffs.
The start of the match was a nervy affair with clumsy challenges
coming in from both sides leading to plenty of fouls and yellow cards
Neymar made the most of a foul Walace in the 12th minute as he
stepped up to the free kick 30 yards from goal and fired Brazil into the
lead with a powerful strike.
Despite dominating long periods of the match, the home side had to
wait until the 83 minute to secure the result with Luan capping off a
flowing attacking move when he noticed the Colombian goalkeeper off his
line and hit a deft finish over him to make the score 2-0.
In the other match on the night, Alberth Elis' 60th minute goal was
all that separated the sides as Honduras made history by beating Korea
1-0 to advance to the Olympics semi-final for the first time in the