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David Luiz epitomizes sportsmanship by consoling, applauding a crying James Rodriguez

Jul 4, 2014, 6:56 PM EDT

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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.

  1. egpwallace - Jul 4, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    Yes, it was but spending 90-odd minutes cynically kicking lumps out of him wasn’t sportsmanship.

    • simonkulberg - Jul 4, 2014 at 8:42 PM

      That was what the Colombian defenders were doing at the other end as well though. Incredibly dirty match and horrible refereeing both ways.
      Luiz is just total class though and I thought he was Brazil`s best, at least in the second half.

    • simonkulberg - Jul 4, 2014 at 10:04 PM

      It went both ways because the ref didn`t book people, and of Neymar and Rodriguez Neymar got by far the worst of it. But Luiz was magnificent anyway and MoM in my mind.

  2. greej1938l - Jul 4, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    It’s always easier to be a good sport when you win :)

  3. ravenswhat - Jul 4, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    Easier to do when you won.

  4. jimeejohnson - Jul 4, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    James Rodriguez is only going to get better, which is unreal. He really earned a lot of respect with his World Cup performance. Colombia must be mighty proud of him and their national team for almost beating the home team in the biggest tournament in the world.

  5. californiarestinpeace - Jul 4, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    the classiest moment I’ve ever witnessed in sports. it’s not easy to give up your glory moment in front of your fans to go down to the low of the losing team to bring them back up. usually you’ll get a half hug but to go to that extreme was world class, I hope everyone watched it and it will stick with us all.

  6. heynyc61 - Jul 4, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    That is nice. I applaud that

  7. jucam1 - Jul 4, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    Great players Dabid Luiz and James, what a tournament it has been. Too bad the ref was so horrible. I think Brazil would have won this game fair and square, no reason for FIFA to throw an awful ref out there to help, it killed the rythim of the match and it turned in to a wrestling match first by Brazil then by both teams. Either way, two of the best teams in the world played out there today and Congrats to a strong Brasil team

  8. suckittrebek76 - Jul 5, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    David Luiz hardly epitomizes sportsmanship.

    Isn’t he the same guy who was seen smiling after diving and while faking an injury in the EPL last season?

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