Brazil defender Thiago Silva got his second yellow card of the World Cup on Friday. The booking came on a boneheaded play in the second half after Silva ran into Columbian goalkeeper David Ospina when Ospina was punting the ball downfield.
Brazil defeated Columbia to advance to the next round, meaning Silva will be suspended for the team’s all-important semifinal match. The 29-year-old Silva is the captain of the Brazilian team and one of their best defenders. He also scored the first goal against Columbia on a corner kick.
Brazil will need someone to step up against Germany in Silva’s absence. Germany has proven to be a solid offensive team who can move the ball very effectively.