Brazil vs Colombia: World Cup 2014 match preview

A look ahead to the hosts’ encounter with the competition’s dark horses

Brazil are set to face Colombia at Fortaleza in a match that promises plenty of excitement and action as there is no reason to hold back at this stage of the competition. The Colombians will be playing with probably a better mentality than the opposition as the Cafeteros have won all four of their matches thus far, which included a decisive victory against the highly competitive Uruguay.

Jose Pekerman’s side managed to make history without their star player Radamel Falcao and have featured upcoming talents such as Monaco attacking midfielder James Rodriguez, who is the tournament’s top scorer with five goals, and Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado. The coach will also be fortunate enough to have all hands on deck for this match.

Read more: How Scolari is helping his team cope
Match preview: Brazil vs Colombia
Want to know Brazil's secrets?

Brazil have yet to completely convince the public as the absolute favourites in the competition they host as the Selecao barely beat Croatia in the opener, were stopped by Mexico and beat Chile on penalties thanks to an impressive display by QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar.

To make things worse, manager Luiz Felipe Scolari’s star player Neymar is dealing with a knee injury but the doctors are confident he will be able to play. However, Wolfsburg defensive midfielder Luiz Gustavo is suspended and the coach might turn the formation to the one he used in 2002 with three central defenders.

Video: Neymar and Rodriguez prepare to meet

KICK-OFF: Friday, 9pm


Brazil 1 (Neymar) Colombia 1 (Cuadrado), International Friendly, November 2012

Brazil 0 Colombia 0, World Cup Qualifiers, October 2008

Colombia 0 Brazil 0, World Cup Qualifiers, October 2007



Brazil and Colombia have faced off 14 times where the Selecao have won seven matches and lost only once. This is however the very first time those two meet at the Word Cup finals.

The Brazilians have only lost one out of their last 16 World Cup games where they have scored first.

Manager Luiz Felipe Scolari has never lost a World Cup match with Brazil.

All of the competition’s group stage winners managed to qualify to the quarter-finals.

Colombia have reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup for the first time ever.

The Cafeteros’ attacking midfielder James Rodriguez is the first player to have scored in all of his first four World Cup games since Italy’s Christian Vieri in 1998.

Read more: Who will be king? Neymar or Rodriguez
5 reasons Brazil will win
5 reasons why Colombia will win


Brazil to win: 17.20

Colombia to win: 15.4

Draw: 13.5

TV: Live on ITV at 9pm

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
'New Tricks' star Dennis Waterman is departing from the show after he completes filming on two more episodes
tvOnly remaining original cast-member to leave long-running series
Arts and Entertainment
Game Of Thrones
Uh-oh, winter is coming. Ouch, my eyes! Ygritte’s a goner. Lysa’s a goner. Tywin’s a goner. Look, a dragon
tvSpoiler warning:The British actor says viewers have 'not seen the last' of his character
The Etihad Stadium, home of Manchester City
premier league

The Independent's live blog of today's Premier League action

Rumer was diagnosed with bipolarity, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder: 'I was convinced it was a misdiagnosis'
peopleHer debut album caused her post-traumatic stress - how will she cope as she releases her third record?
Life and Style
Couples have been having sex less in 2014, according to a new survey
Holly's review of Peterborough's Pizza Express quickly went viral on social media
Radamel Falcao was forced to withdraw from the World Cup after undergoing surgery
premier leagueExclusive: Reds have agreement with Monaco
Arts and Entertainment
musicBiographer Hunter Davies has collected nearly a hundred original manuscripts
A long jumper competes in the 80-to-84-year-old age division at the 2007 World Masters Championships
Arts and Entertainment
tvReview: 'Time Heist' sees a darker side to Peter Capaldi's Doctor
Life and Style
Walking tall: unlike some, Donatella Versace showed a strong and vibrant collection
fashionAlexander Fury on the staid Italian clothing industry
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam