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World Cup Match Preview: Brazil vs. Colombia (Into The Semi-Finals)

World Cup Match Preview: Brazil vs. Colombia (Into The Semi-Finals)

Match Date: 04 July 2014 (local time)

Venue: Fortaleza

 

What happened?

Brazil

Brazil has been a steady favorite of the tournament even before it engaged into its series of world cup matches. They are the most successful squad in World Cup history and winning at home is a big achievement.

 

Early in the competition, the Selecaos made an impression when they pushed Croatia into the sidelines. Neymar wasted no time in scoring goals for his team. His double and Oscar’s late goal helped Brazil win. The match ended with a 3-1 result in their favor.

 

Amidst the jubilation caused by winning their first match, the host went through an acid test against Mexico. Unwilling to throw the white towel, El Tri’s Guillermo Ochoa was an unforgiving goalkeeper who spoiled Brazil’s scoring chances, until a draw settled the encounter.

 

Brazil has managed to bounce back though. Once again, Neymar was at the forefront of their attacking tactics. Against Cameroon, Neymar scored another double to help his team advance to the Round of 16.

 

The Round of 16 proved to be even more difficult for the Selecaos. A determined Chile forced them to an exciting penalty shootout. Yet, the odds favor Brazil and so they emerged as the victorious squad in the said battle.

 

Luiz Felipe Scolari has been using the 4-2-3-1. Apparently, it gives them the advantage. However, with Luis Gustavo out after being booked twice, Scolari will need to adjust. The tactician considers the idea of shifting to 3-5-2, the formation, which helped them win the title in 2002.

 

Currently, Brazil has no serious injury issues to consider. Marcelo allegedly had an “injury scare,” but the squad stressed that he will make it to the match against Colombia.

 

Colombia

A stable and consistent Colombia joins the ranks of quarter-finals participants, which has kept a perfect record in the tournament. The squad was one of the tournament’s biggest surprises most especially when reports of Radamel Falcao’s injury hit the public.

 

Many have spoken—Colombia, without Falcao, will not last long. But here they are, just a few matches away from clinching the coveted silverware. It is also important to note that their quarter-final stint is the squad’s highest achievement since they joined in 1930.

 

Currently, Colombia is history in the making. Contrary to popular perception, Falcao’s absence did not weaken the Los Cafeteros. Instead, it paved way for the rise of new heroes such as James Rodriguez.

 

Rodriguez has been Colombia’s main man. He perfectly fits into José Pékerman’s 4-2-3-1, where he leads the squad’s attack. Playing alongside Juan Guillermo Cuadrado, made Rodriguez even more effective. Cuadrado already sports four (4) crucial assists. All of which are crucial to the squad’s scoring opportunities and Rodriguez, together with his teammates, ensured a clinical finish.

 

Rodriguez has scored in every match that he participated and it will be a difficult job to stop this emerging talismanic striker. Adding more damage is Cuadrado’s eagerness to help his side propel to the apex of success.

 

Prediction

Betting odds favor Brazil. However, it will not be an easy-breezy match for the host. They need to stop the Rodriguez-Cuadrado tandem at all cost. Expect another thrilling match from these teams, with a possibility of ending in a stalemate. A penalty shootout will most likely take place.

 

 

Image Source: Le 10 Sport

 

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