FORTALEZA, Brazil, July 4 (Xinhua) -- Tiago Silva scored in the 7th minute to give Brazil a 1-0 lead over Colombia at halftime of their World Cup quarterfinals.
The Brazilian captain bundles the ball to the back of Colombia's net after Neymar whipped a left side corner kick into the middle of the box.
Brazil's early lead sent the Estadio Castelao into a frenzy atmosphere and the home team kept the pressure on their opponents.
Colombia were back into the game as Guarin and Cuadrado saw their efforts were narrowly missed. However, the Brazilian captain saved Brazil again in the 22rd minute by making a crucial block from Cuadrado after James Rodriguez created a 4 on 2 chances for Colombia.
Brazil missed the final chance to increase their lead in first half as Neymar curled his effort wide of Ospina's left-hand post.