Our match prediction:
The Selecao have recorded a comprehensive 3-0 win over Eucuador in new boss Tite’s debut match as Brazil national team manager. Goalscorers Neymar and Gabriel Jesus put in an impressive display and earned plaudits from the head coach as Brazil grabbed their first victory in Ecuador for 33 years. The win served as a huge boost for the team’s self-confidence ahead of the derby match versus Colombia at Arena Amazonia in Manaus. New three points would allow Brazil to leapfrog the Cafeteros and possibly reach the very top of the standings if other results go their way. On the other hand Colombia travel to Brazil on the back of a 2-0 triumph against Venezuela. Two goals and two missed penalties does not exactly make up for the perfect record ahead of the trip to high-profile rivals, but Peckerman’s quality side believe they have what it takes to halt the in-form Brazilians. We predict a close-knit competition with not much separating the two sides.
Highligted Player (Filipe Luis):
Filipe Luis is not just a household name in Brazil; he needs no introduction in Spain and England where he played for various clubs. The left back is known for his tireless approach to the game and an unflinching attitude to protect his goal. Luis started his career with Brazilian club Figueirense and moved across clubs. It was only when he moved to Deportivo La Coruna in 2008 that he came into limelight. After a successful stint with Deportivo, he was snapped up by Atletico Madrid where he won several trophies including La Liga. He was a key member of Diego Simeone’s team that reached the finals of 2014 Champions League. Filipe Luis then joined Chelsea in 2014 but returned to Atletico only a year later. He made his national debut in 2009 and has so far earned 22 caps. Having already won the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, the 30-year-old defender is an important player for Brazil.
Highlighted Team (Colombia):
Seleccion de futbol Colombia has stepped on to the international scene in 1938 with its competitive debut against Mexico. Colombia has in recent years become a national symbol of strength representing country’s efforts to fight the negative reputation. Passionate about their football team, Colombians have formed a huge fan base which enjoyed in their team’s impressive run to the 2014 FIFA World Cup quarter-finals at the competition in which Real Madrid star James Rodriguez was awarded the Golden Boot for most goals and the Best Goal of the Tournament awards. Jose Pekerman’s team has also been named the Fair Play team at the same event. The fans were pretty disappointed to see their team reach the quarter-final stage at the 2015 Copa America though as Colombia crashed out in disappointing fashion losing to Argentina after a penalty kick. Radamel Falcao remains the most prominent star of the current team despite his poor spells with Manchester United and Chelsea respectively. Monaco striker is also the team’s top scorer with 25 goals added to his name.