Quarter Final: Brazil vs. Colombia
4 July, Friday – Independence Day in United States
Venue: Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza
Stadium Seating Capacity: Over 67,000 fans going wild
Online Streaming Audience: Over 3.5 billion Football Fans
The first Quarter Final match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup is going to take place between Brazil and Colombia.
My Prediction: Colombia will beat Brazil
The Cold Hard Truth about Brazil’s Performance
Even though the ever favorite Brazil sits on 3rd position in the official FIFA ranking Brazil was barely able to beat Chile in the Round of 16 match to make it to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Quarter-Finals.
Chile had beaten Australia (on 13 June) and Spain (on 18 June) in the Group B matches to make it to the Round of 16 match against Brazil. But then Australia ranked at 62nd position and even though Spain ranked at the top of the official FIFA ranking, we all know that the team was terribly unfit and unprepared for the World Cup.
Gif: Australia stops Brazil from scoring
So the match with Chile was really the first time that Brazil went up against a team that has an equivalent caliber, and if it wasn’t for the penalties, Brazil would have never made it through.
If Colombia can beat Uruguay, Brazil should be a Breeze
Even though Colombia is in the top 10 in the official FIFA ranking (8th position), Colombia’s performance has been decisive in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Colombia came out on top of the Group stage, leading Group C with 9 points – no ties and no losses anywhere along the way.
Gif: Colombian Midfielder James Rodríguez scores against Uruguay
Colombia knocked Greece (rank 12), Cote d’Ivore (rank 23), and Japan (rank 46) out of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
The Round of 16 match against Uruguay was also a clean victory with Colombia scoring 2 goals over Uruguay’s 0. However, this was not an easy victory as Uruguay itself was a rank 7 team that had beaten Costa Rica (rank 28), England (rank 10), and Italy (rank 9) in the Group D matches.
So it would not be unfair to say that Uruguay was in pretty good shape and high spirits when it went up against Colombia.
Gif: Colombia’s Rene Higuita saves an attempted goal