Brazil will meet Colombia in the World Cup 2014 at the Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza, at 4:00 PM ET today.
Television coverage is available on ESPN. Radio coverage is on ESPN Affiliates or check your local sports station.
The match will be streamed live online on ESPN3, on ESPN Player throughout most of Europe (excluding Italy), the Middle East, Africa, South America (excluding Brazil, Chile and Mexico) and Australasia (excluding Australia and New Zealand), and ITV.
Brazil endured the threats of Chile in the Round of 16 by winning in the crucial penalty kicks. Their inability to produce quality passing midfielders left them vulnerable to counter attacks. They were overpowered and outdueled.
The bright spot for Brazil is the presence of Neymar. His intensity will be necessary to boost up the energy of the entire squad.
But coach Luiz Felipe Scolari will have to use all his players, not rely only on Neymar’s ability to score. Scollari must push the right buttons at the right time to counter the offensive juggernaut of Colombia.
Colombia will have to take advantage of their combination of skills and speed through star players James Rodriguez and Juan Cuadrado.
Colombia is fresh. They didn’t play extended minutes in the Round of 16, unlike Brazil. The freshness will be a factor, especially if this game goes past regular time.
Colombia will need to keep attacking to dislodge the Brazil’s defense to win this match. Because Colombia will not play as a one-man band, they have the best chances of getting into the semi-finals of the World Cup.
Which team do you think will win the match? Will this be the end of Brazil’s run in the World Cup?