Neymar leads Brazil into semis, Germany also through

Awaiting Brazil in the last four is Honduras, which was fortunate to claim a 1-0 win over South Korea thanks to an Alberth Elis goal on the hour.

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Brazil star Neymar celebrates after scoring.

An early free-kick from superstar Neymar helped Brazil past Colombia and into the Rio 2016 men's football semi-finals.

The Barcelona forward struck from range in the 12th minute before Luan netted in the second half of a 2-0 win in Sao Paulo on Saturday. The host is under pressure to deliver gold at its home Olympics and Neymar's effort helped it on its way.

Cometh the 12th minute, cometh the man. Neymar, needed to stand up by his nation, did just that with a 30-yard free-kick. The strike went through a dismal Colombian wall, giving goalkeeper Cristian Bonilla no chance.

Awaiting Brazil in the last four is Honduras, which was fortunate to claim a 1-0 win over South Korea thanks to an Alberth Elis goal on the hour.

Germany continued its free-scoring form by thrashing Portugal 4-0 to set up a meeting with Nigeria. Runners-up in 2008, Nigeria claimed a 2-0 win over Denmark, Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel opening the scoring.

Julian Brandt was at the centre of everything good for Germany against Portugal. The Bayer Leverkusen man had three assists, setting up Serge Gnabry, Matthias Ginter and Philipp Max.

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