Colombia Out To Spoil Brazil's Party

Rodriguez - World Cup 2014
Can Rodriguez upstage Neymar on his own turf? Source: espn.com

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Brazil v Colombia



Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza
Saturday July 5 – 6:00 AM (AEST)



In arguably the highlight fixture of the quarter-finals, hosts Brazil take on an in-form Colombian side ready to pounce. 

Brazil was almost dumped out of the tournament by another South American side in Chile last time out. Luiz Felipe Scolari’s men required penalties to separate themselves from the Chileans, and it could have been worse if the bar didn’t come to their rescue when Pinilla was through on goal with seconds left in extra-time. However, luck was on the host’s side, but they can’t afford to bank on luck bailing them out against the Colombians. Neymar impressed for Brazil in the group stages, but he struggled to muster any real opportunities in the round of 16 clash. That may be the a result of a knee injury he sustained early on in the match, but he is expected to be fit for Saturday’s clash. PSG’s $91 million man David Luiz scored Brazil’s only goal in regulation time and the defender they call “Sideshow Bob” will be on hand in the host’s backline to try and contain the ruthless Colombian attack.

Colombia have been the surprise packets in Brazil, winning all their matches very convincingly. Monaco young gun James Rodriguez is the player on everyone’s lips right now. Currently topping the goal scoring charts with five goals, including one against Uruguay that is surely to be the goal of the tournament, the 22-year-old has been the foundation of Colombia’s attack. His link-up with right winger Juan Quadrado has been, surprisingly, the deadliest partnership of the tournament. With four assists and a goal himself, credit must also be given to Quadrado. The Fiorentina man’s slick skill on the ball, and ability to burn defenders with his electrifying pace, has given him the reputation as one of the most dangerous attackers in the game.

Brazil have managed to progress through to this stage without really hitting top gear, but if they’re wanting to go further in the tournament, now is the time to hit it. Colombia are well and truly capable of upsetting the hosts, and with the run they're on, the underdogs will be confident they can emerge victorious. The market suggests Brazil will qualify, but they will have to produce their best performance to do so. Expect a free-flowing, attacking brand of football with plenty of passion and intensity to match.

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