World Cup 2014: Colombia squad welcomed home by thousands

Colombia fans
Colombia had never previously been beyond the last 16 at a World Cup

Thousands of fans turned out in Bogota to welcome home Colombia's footballers after their best performance at a World Cup finals.

Coach Jose Pekerman guided his side to their first quarter-final appearance before they lost 2-1 to hosts Brazil.

James Rodriguez scored six goals at the finals, and remains the tournament's top scorer ahead of the semi-finals.

The Monaco midfielder's total included a spectacular volley in a 2-0 last-16 victory over Uruguay in Rio de Janeiro.

Rodriguez scored in all five of Colombia's matches in Brazil.

He struck in each of their Group C victories over Greece, Ivory Coast and Japan, added two more in the win over Uruguay and then converted a penalty as his side were eliminated by the hosts.

Colombia's president Juan Manuel Santos sent a message thanking the team "for so much joy and for teaching us how to dream".

Colombia players
Colombia's best previous runs at the World Cup took them to the last 16 in 1962 and 1990
James Rodriguez
James Rodriguez scored in all five of Colombia's matches in Brazil
James Rodriguez
Rodriguez posted a selfie on Twitter to show the size of the crowd greeting the squad in Bogota
Colombia's appearance in Brazil was their first at a World Cup finals since 1998

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