Scolari plans to reuse the system that won the 2002 World Cup. `I can return to the scheme that Brazil played in 2002, with three central defenders and allowing the full-backs to advance,` Scolari shared.


Starting lineup: Brazil: Julio Cesar, Maicon, Thiago Silva, Luiz, Marcelo, Fernandinho, Paulinho, Oscar, Neymar, Hulk, Fred. Subs: Jefferson, Dani Alves, Dante, Maxwell, Henrique, Ramires, Hernanes, Willian


Brazil still plays 4-2-3-1, a familiar system from the beginning of the tournament.

Colombia maintained the 4-4-2 formation, but replaced Abel Aguilar and Jackson Martinez with midfielders Victor Ibarbo and Fredy Guarin to strengthen the midfield.



The game begins.


Yepes was pointed out as the slowest and weakest link in the Colombian defense.



The Colombian goalkeeper could not react in time to Silva’s goal.

Thiago Silva opened the score for Brazil




Brazil advocates solid football to limit the danger from James (red shirt).

Fernandinho fouls James in the center circle.



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Statistics before the match

– Colombia has only won two of the last 25 matches against Brazil and has never known victory on Brazilian soil.

– The last time Colombia defeated Brazil was a 2-0 win in the 1991 Copa America group stage in Chile.

– For 11 years now, Brazil has not been able to beat Colombia.

– The last time the two teams met, the two teams drew 1-1 in a friendly match in New York, USA in November 2012.


– This is the sixth consecutive time Brazil has appeared in the quarterfinals of the World Cup.

– Brazil lost only one of their last 25 matches, at the hands of Switzerland last August, the remaining they won 18 and drew six matches.

– Brazil is on a 41-match unbeaten streak at home, since losing to Paraguay in August 2002.

– Brazil’s last defeat in an official home tournament was a 1-3 loss to Peru in the Copa America semi-finals in 1975.


– Pekerman’s team is unbeaten in the last 11 matches (winning seven, drawing four) since losing 0-2 to Uruguay last September.

– If they avoid defeat in Fortaleza today, Colombia will have their longest unbeaten streak since the 27-match streak from 1992-1994.

– Colombia’s number of wins in Brazil this summer (four matches) is more than all the 13 matches this team has participated in in previous World Cups combined.

– James Rodriguez has always scored in his last six matches for Colombia.

– Only in this World Cup, James scored five goals and had two assists in the 310 minutes he was on the field, meaning on average every 44 minutes, he scored a goal or assisted a goal.

– 10 of Colombia’s last 13 goals in the World Cup were scored in the second half.

– Coach Pekerman is on a streak of nine consecutive unbeaten matches at the World Cup, with seven wins and two draws.