Two South American neighbours clash in a mouthwatering 2014 World Cup quarter final encounter as five time trophy winners and tournament hosts Brazil take on Colombia.
Brazil are yet to truly live up to the hype, but are edging their way nearer to the final and will be aiming to justify their favourites tag in this match. Selecao topped Group A after an unconvincing win against Croatia, a goal-less draw with Mexico and an easy win over already eliminated Cameroon, with Neymar their star performer grabbing four goals. Brazil then faced a talented Chile side who were growing in confidence having done so well to get out of Group B and it was far from plain sailing in their last 16 tie in Belo Horizonte. David Luiz put Brazil ahead early on, but they were soon pegged back by Alexis Sanchez before Hulk had a goal chalked off after he handballed in the build up. An open and entertaining game ended 1-1 and there was still nothing between the sides after extra time, so the match was decided on penalties. Julio Cesar saved two Chile Penalties before Neymar stepped up to slot home and the unfortunate Gonzalo Jara hit the upright to send his side crashing out, letting Brazil off the hook and into the quarter finals.
Colombia's dazzling displays have set the 2014 World Cup alight as they continually try to get on the front foot and seize the initiative in their games. Los Cafateros hammered Greece before edging Ivory Coast and easing past Japan to comfortably top Group C and set up a last 16 tie with Uruguay. James Rodríguez had been a key figure in Colombia's success during the group phase, so it was no surprise to see him smashing in one of the goals of the tournament so far before capping off a superb team effort to complete the game with a brace as his side ran out easy 2-0 winners in the Maracana. If Colombia continue to play their exciting brand of football then we are in for a real treat in Fortaleza with an open and entertaining game anticipated with the potential for plenty of goals.
To add an extra dimension to an already fascinating clash, Brazil v Colombia will see two of the leading contenders for the World Cup Top Goalscorer award go head to head. Brazil's Neymar currently sits on 4 goals and will be eager to add to his tally to catch some of his rivals for the coveted prize, he can be backed to score first at best odds 4/1 with Ladbrokes. However, James Rodríguez has emerged as a serious competitor with 5 goals in the tournament so far and some punters may prefer to take a chance on him opening the scoring at a top price of 8/1 with Bet365.
2014 World Cup Matches
Brazil W D W D Colombia W W W W
2014 World Cup Goal Scorers
Neymar – 4 (0 Penalties, 2 First Goalscorer)
Fred – 1 (0 Penalties, 0 First Goalscorer)
Oscar – 1 (0 Penalties, 0 First Goalscorer)
Fernandhino – 1 (0 Penalties, 0 First Goalscorer)
Luiz - 1 (0 Penalties, 1 First Goalscorer)
Colombia (2014 World Cup):
Rodriguez - 5 (0 Penalties, 2 First Goalscorer)
Gutierrez - 2 (0 Penalities, 0 First Goalscorer)
Cuadrado - 1 (1 Penalty, 1 First Goalscorer)
Quintero - 1 (0 Penalities, 0 First Goalscorer)
Armero - 1 (0 Penalities, 1 First Goalscorer)
2014 Word Cup Goal Assists
Oscar - 2
Luiz Gustavo – 1
David Luiz – 1
Ramires – 1
Marcelo - 1
Thiago Silva - 1
Colombia (2014 World Cup):
Cuadrado - 4
Aguilar - 2
Ramos - 1
Gutierrez - 1
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