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Neymar - Brazil's top scorer with four goals - is deemed fit to face Colombia after picking up knocks against Chile.Getty Images

The action at the 2014 Fifa World Cup is set to resume after a short break as Brazil take on fellow South American counterparts Colombia in the quarterfinals at the Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza on Friday.

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is set for 9pm BST. Live coverage is on ITV 1, ITV 1 HD and UTV. Radio commentary of the game will be available on BBC Radio 5 Live.


Brazil had to wade their way into the last-eight after overcoming a resilient Chile in the pre-quarterfinals at the Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte, last Saturday. David Luiz's finish from close range gave the hosts the lead in the 18th minute. But an error from Hulk allowed Jorge Sampaoli's men to capitalise and equalise through Alexis Sanchez.

The game remained goalless till the end of extra-time where Julio Cesar turned out to be the hero saving two penalties. The home support erupted with joy after Gonzalo Jara's spot-kick stayed out after smashing the upright to give Luiz Felipe Scolari's side a 3-2 victory.

Brazil have lacked flair in attack with four of their eight goals having come from only one source, i.e. Barcelona star Neymar while striker Fred has only scored one.

Meanwhile, Colombia, one of the consistent performers in the tournament so far, sealed their place in the quarterfinal for the first time in their history. Monaco star James Rodriguez netted a brace to help Los Cafeteros' secure a 2-0 victory over Uruguay.

Can James Rodriguez, the top scorer at the World Cup with five goals, power Colombia into the semi-finals?Getty Images

The 22-year-old has five goals coming into the last-eight and is in the running to win the Golden Boot. Jose Pekerman will be hoping for his playmaker to be at his best once again and deny the hosts a chance to win their sixth title.

Colombia are one of the most surprising teams to reach this far and with the likes of Juan Cuadrado, Juan Quintero, Pablo Armero, etc on their roster, they will be desperate to produce the biggest shock of the competition.

The winner of this clash is certain to face a European side as they are pitted to face the winner between France and Germany in the semi-final next Tuesday.

What Managers Say

Luiz Felipe Scolari: "We will look at how we won and why we won and all the situations in which we did not complete passes or make chances so that we can improve the next match. In every match difficulties are escalating and we need to improve. If we make errors we provide chances for the opponent and we might not be as lucky and we might concede a goal like we almost did (against Chile) in the 118th minute. So let's try and work on that."

Jose Pekerman: "Sometimes a team with a lot of potential, if they don't find the result and they need to win, they can't play so brilliantly. So the competition becomes interesting because a team with less individual stars can disturb the balance of the other team. This is a new game, we cannot talk about favourites. Brazil will be at their best, so we can expect a game of high tension and good technical ability. We are both very good teams, and unfortunately it is a match that will leave one side out."

Prediction: Brazil 1-2 Colombia

Betting Odds (Bwin)

  • Brazil: 11/13
  • Draw: 11/4
  • Colombia: 3

Team Form

Jose Pekerman
Colombia coach Jose Pekerman will be aiming to achieve what he could not do with Argentina during the 2006 World Cup, i.e. guide his team into the semi-finals.Getty Images


  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W W D W W
  • Last Result: Brazil 1-1 Chile (Pen: 3-2)


  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W W W W W
  • Last Result: Colombia 2-0 Uruguay

Team News


  • Injured: N/A
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: Luiz Gustavo

Probable Lineup: Cesar; Alves, Thiago, Luiz, Marcelo; Fernandinho, Paulinho; Hulk, Oscar, Neymar; Fred


  • Injured: N/A
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Ospina; Zuniga, Zapata, Yepes, Armero; Cuadrado, Aguilar, Sanchez, Rodriguez; Martinez, Gutierrez