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Brazil face Colombia in exciting World Cup clash

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Brazil are set to meet Colombia in Fortaleza on Friday night, in the second of this year's World Cup quarter-final matches.

As two South American heavyweights go head-to-head for a place in the last four, here we take a look at where the game is likely to be decided.

Road to the quarter-final

Brazil eventually came through a tight second-round tie against Chile on penalties to book their place in the quarter-finals of the World Cup for the sixth successive tournament. An opening day victory over Croatia and a drubbing of Cameroon saw the Selecao top Group A.

Colombia have been arguably the most impressive side in the competition so far, spearheaded by the excellent James Rodriguez. A brace from the Monaco forward took him to five goals for the competition in which he has scored in every game as Colombia topped Group C.

Head-to-head

Brazil have dominated the previous meetings between the two sides, with Colombia only managing two wins from the last 25 encounters - the last of which came back in 1991. The last four match-ups have all ended in draws, three of which ended goalless.

This will be the first World Cup meeting between the two South American sides.

Likely Line-ups

Brazil

12 Julio César
02 Dani Alves
06 Marcelo
17 Luiz Gustavo
03 Thiago Silva
04 David Luiz
11 Oscar
05 Fernandinho
09 Fred
10 Neymar
07 Hulk

Colombia

01 Ospina
18 Zuñiga
07 Armero
08 Aguilar
02 Zapata
03 Yepes
11 Cuadrado
06 Sánchez
14 Ibarbo
09 Gutiérrez
10 Rodríguez

Match facts

• Brazil have reached the quarter-finals in each of their last six World Cups, but haven’t progressed to the semi-finals since 2002.

• Brazil have lost just one of their last 16 World Cup games after taking the lead.

• Colombia’s 11 goals is the best ever haul in a World Cup. They need three more to beat their combined total of goals from their previous four World Cup appearances (14).

• Monaco’s James Rodriguez is looking to become the first player to score in the first five games of a World Cup since Rivaldo in 2002 and will become the first player to score in his first five career World Cup appearance since Teofilo Cubillas.

Verdict

The current head-to-head record between these two teams suggest we could be in for a cagey affair in keeping with the kind of games we witnessed at the second round stage of the competition.

Extra time and penalties shouldn’t be ruled out but there’s enough creative spark on the pitch from the likes of Neymar and Rodriguez to settle this one inside the 90.

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