Will Brazil stand up to Colombia's Quarterfinal Challenge?

Published July 4, 2014 by Amir G

Will Brazil stand up to Colombia's Quarterfinal Challenge?

Hames meets Neymar at the Quarter-final Clash between Brazil and Colombia tonight (9pm UK time).

Millions of eyes will be set over to Fortaleza's 67,037 seat Castelao stadium as Brazil and Colombia meet for the World Cup quarter-final. These two teams have met before 14 times: Brazil won five times and Colombia won only once in 1991. While Brazil does seem to have the upper hand, the last four games have all ended in draws which works well for Colombia.

Brazil Saved by the Woodwork (and Neymar)

Despite a generally lackluster performance – the Selecao have made it so far. The thing is – much of the responsibility for getting to the quarter-finals lies on the shoulders of their star Neymar. Brazil failed to impress in the Round of 16 against Chile, and they were saved mainly due to Chile's weak penalty kicks and the woodwork. 

Yet, Brazil is still the winner of five World Cups, and is very keen on winning at home. Led by coach Felipe Scolari, a veteran of tournaments who also won the 2002 World Cup with Selecao, Brazil remains a strong favorite for today.

Darling of the Tournament

Colombia is justifiably considered the darling of this World Cup, having gotten to this point in the tournament with very convincing performance. Unlike Brazil, Colombia's players cooperate and work well together on the pitch, something which has also helped them get so far.

It was also the excellent performances displayed by striker James Rodriguez who currently reigns at the tournament's top goalscorer charts with five goals to his name. Colombia scored eleven goals and conceded only two in their four World Cup matches so far, and they're climbing to the pitch "clean" today with no injuries or suspensions.

Whatever happens at Castelao, this is surely going to be a very emotional game with two teams very eager to go the farthest in this tournament.

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