Jul 4, 2014, 6:56 PM EDT
With performance after performance worthy of applause, the world fell in love with Colombia’s James Rodriguez.
Apparently, so did the players.
Leaving it all on the pitch, Rodriguez and Colombia came up a goal short against hosts Brazil, but his effort and skill wasn’t lost on his conquerors.
Rodriguez was in tears after the match, and noticing this, David Luiz and Dani Alves went over to console him.
Luiz was in his ear for an extended period of time, embracing the 22-year-old and clearly giving him words of encouragement after a stunningly spectacular five World Cup matches.
Then, as the players exited the pitch, Luiz offered to exchange shirts with his opponent. With an arm around the youngster, Luiz turned to the fans and encouraged the crowd to applaud Rodriguez, which they did.
The match may not have been pretty, but the ending was. Let us all take note of this display of sportsmanship. It’s what the World Cup is all about. Colombia entertained the crowd and delighted their opponents, and to show respect earned David Luiz ours.
Rodriguez leads the tournament with six goals scored, registering at least one in every of Colombia’s games. He slotted home an 80th minute penalty against Brazil.
- VIDEO: Is relegation a possibility for Newcastle United? 0
- Aston Villa 2-1 Liverpool: Gerrard denied fairytale ending as Villa stun Reds, reach FA Cup final 3
- Jose Mourinho: Chelsea had Manchester United’s stars “in our pockets.” Is he right? 1
- Manchester City 2-0 West Ham: Two first half goals put down poor Hammers 0
- Borussia Dortmund names Thomas Tuchel as Jurgen Klopp’s successor 0
- MLS roundup: Goals galore as Sounders, Crew SC, Galaxy cruise to three points 1