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World Cup: Colombia returns to hero's welcome in Bogota

July 6, 2014 -- Updated 2044 GMT (0444 HKT)
The Colombian team bus edges through massive crowds who greeted them in the capital Bogota. The Colombian team bus edges through massive crowds who greeted them in the capital Bogota.
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Colombia team returns home to massive welcome in Bogota
  • Colombia went out in quarterfinals to hosts Brazil
  • WC top scorer James Rodriguez center of attention
  • Brazil comes to terms with loss of star player Neymar

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(CNN) -- Colombia may have exited the World Cup at the quarterfinal stage but it did not stop a massive crowd from welcoming home their heroes in the capital Bogota Sunday.

Hosts Brazil put paid to the team's hopes with a narrow 2-1 victory in Fortaleza Friday, although the win came at a heavy price with Neymar ruled out for the rest of the World Cup.

Arriving at El Dorado airport after an Avianca flight, the squad were met by a frenzied welcome with thousands lining the streets as their open top bus negotiated its way through the streets.

Read: Neymar blow as Brazil beats Colombia

Colombia, coached by Argentina's Jose Pekerman, won its group and impressed with its flowing football, led by World Cup sensation James Rodriguez.

He scored his sixth and tournament-leading goal, a late penalty, in the defeat to Brazil.

"Thanks for always being there, thanks for the support, we love you," Rodriguez said as he addressed the crowd.

They had gathered early, most wearing the team's yellow shirt, to catch a glimpse of the players who were given red carpet treatment at the airport, before going on a tour in the bus, which inched its way through the throngs.

The Colombian players were then presented on a stage at the Simon Bolivar park and showed off their footwork by dancing to the music.

Read: Colombia remembers Escobar

Meanwhile, the Brazil squad has been training in Teresopolis ahead of its semifinal clash with Germany in Belo Horizonte Tuesday.

Chelsea's Willian, who could come in for Neymar, admitted his loss was a blow to Brazil's hopes of winning the World Cup on home soil.

"Neymar sets the standard for us. He is capable of deciding any game, so playing without him will be difficult," he said.

Read: Colombia reaches knockout stages

But the midfielder added: "We know the quality that we have. We are all very sad at losing him but we are now even stronger after what happened and we can continue to pursue our dream."

Willian suffered an injury scare in training Saturday after a clash with Hernanes but said it would not prevent him playing in the last four clash.

Coach Luis Felipe Scolari's other possible replacement for Neymar, who has fractured a vertabra in his back, could be winger Bernard, who plays for Shakhtar Donetsk.

Read: Germany battles past France

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