Thiago: Zuniga is a coward

Zuniga's challenge on Neymar (Supplied)
Zuniga's challenge on Neymar (Supplied)
Cape Town - Brazil skipper Thiago Silva has expressed his anger at Colombia defender Juan Zuniga's tackle which left Neymar with a fractured vertebra.

FIFA ruled on Monday they would not be taking any further action against Zuniga for the challenge, a decision which has left many of the Samba Kings players angered.

"In my opinion it was a cowardly tackle," Thiago said at a press conference.

"I am a defender, I know how to mark a player and there is no way you can get the ball by putting a knee in the back.

"It is not something that comes about in a normal match situation."

Thiago will miss his side's semi-final against Germany on Tuesday due to a one-match ban picked up for an accumulation of yellow cards, the second of which came against Colombia when he impeded goalkeeper David Ospina while he was making a clearance.

"In no moment did I intend to take the ball from the goalkeeper. I was trying so hard not to commit any fouls, the only foul I remember was the yellow card and it is very difficult to miss the game," the Paris St-Germain player said of the incident.

"But I really trust the players on the pitch. No matter the 11 players we will be well represented."
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