Surely this won’t be as nasty as their match last summer.
After a surprise opening match, Colombia have their backs against the wall. The World Cup quarterfinalists fell to Venezuela last week, and now find themselves in a bad position — needing to get points against Brazil.
While Brazil weren’t great in their first game, they did get all three points. Neymar was their star, scoring the opener, then setting up the winner in stoppage time with a ludicrous pass that beat six Peru defenders. He’ll need a bit more help from his teammates in this game.
This is a rematch of last year’s World Cup quarterfinal, a nasty game that featured a lot of fouls. Brazil essentially played Hack-A-James for the entire match, and Colombia retaliated by injuring Neymar.
Dunga will be tempted to make some changes to his Brazil side after his substitutes proved to be more effective than the players he started. Roberto Firmino and Douglas Costa both had a bigger impact than the men they replaced in their team’s opener.Colombia, meanwhile, have to contemplate dropping Radamel Falcao after a bad first match. He’s simply not in the form that Jackson Martinez is in, and the team might be best served with another winger or playmaker instead.
Match Date/Time: Wednesday, 8 p.m. ET
Venue: Estadio Monumental David Arellano, Santiago, Chile
TV: beIN Sports (U.S. & Canada — English), beIN Sports en Español (U.S. — Spanish), SporTV, Globo (Brazil), Premier Sports (U.K.), Caracol TV, RCN (Colombia)
Online: beIN Sports Connect (U.S. & Canada), Premier player (U.K.), Caracol Play(Colombia)