Brazil became the first team to make it through to the quarter finals of the World Cup after beating Chile on penalties, but I look at why the hosts won't win the prestigious tournament.
Brazil played out a 1-1 draw with Chile in the first of the round of last 16 ties but defeated their South American rivals on penalties to progress to the next round.
However, I think Brazil's joy will be short lived as I believe they will go out of the competition before they reach the final.
They will face high flying Colombia in the quarter finals and I don't think they have what it takes to beat them. As much as Brazil are good going forward they make quite a lot of mistakes at the back, and one of those mistakes led to Chile's equaliser on Saturday.
Colombia - like Chile - will punish them if they do this and with players as good as James Rodriguez and Jackson Martinez Brazil can't afford to make any mistakes.
At times in the Chile game Brazil really struggled and as the competition goes on I think the hosts will continue to struggle.
If Brazil can get through the quarter-finals they will most likely face either France or Germany and this is a game which they would not be able to win. Both Germany and France have stronger squads and I can see Brazil conceding quite a lot of goals. These teams take their chances in front of goal and are very good defensively.
Looking at Brazil's squad they really lack an out and out centre forward. Fred and Jo aren't good enough and Brazil would score so many more goals if they had a proper striker like Karim Benzema for France or Robin Van Persie for Holland.
They have so many quality midfielders but they need someone who can score at will and until they find someone like that they won't win the World Cup. They needed a player like Diego Costa but he chose to play for Spain.
There is no denying that the Brazil team is made up of brilliant players but these players will struggle when playing teams that are of a higher quality. There is no room for error when going up against the top teams and I think Brazil will always make mistakes defensively.
My prediction is that Brazil will go out in the quarter-finals after losing to Colombia.
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