When the World Cup becomes an engrossing tactical contest and a fistfight
If Colombia manager Jose Pekerman's master plan was to draw the English into a war of dirty attrition, that plan was not a success
London: When teams lose their star players in the course of a tournament like the World Cup, they react in different ways. In 2014, after a horrendous foul in the match against Colombia, Brazil lost Neymar. Their talisman was taken away from the host nation. And they reacted with an explosion of emotion. The challenge in the quarter-finals from Juan Zuniga had left Neymar with a broken back. Initially though, there were fears of a life-threatening and career-ending injury. In the end it was enough to keep him out of the game for six weeks.