VIDEO: David Luiz leads applause for crying James Rodriguez

James Rodriguez playing for Columbia

James Rodriguez scored a penalty but Brazil beat Colombia 2-1 in the World Cup semi-finals.

Colombia crashed out of the World Cup with a bitter 2-1 quarter-final defeat to Brazil, but a new star has risen from their impressive run in the tournament.

James Rodriguez has captured the attention of football fans around the world with his incredible performances, and Chelsea defender David Luiz made sure that his contribution to this wonderful World Cup was recognised at the final whistle.

Luiz, who scored what turned out to be the winner with a majestic free kick from 25 yards, pointed to the tearful Colombian playmaker and led the applause for his display in the Castelao.

After Luiz put Brazil 2-0 up, a Rodriguez pass sent Carlos Bacca through on goal, only to be brought down by Julio Cesar for a penalty. Rodriguez converted the spot kick, taking his tally to a tournament-leading six goals and meaning he scored in each of Colombia's five games.

The AS Monaco man was at the heart of every attack against Brazil, and in the final minutes their game plan reverted to simply passing him the ball in the final third and expecting the playmaker to create something out of nothing.

Rodriguez was unable to single-handedly keep Colombia's World Cup dream alive, but he is undoubtedly one of the stars of the competition so far. He scored arguably the goal of the tournament, leads the Golden Boot race and inspired one of the worst sports headlines ever.

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