2014 WORLD CUP SOCCER
2014 World Cup Quarterfinal Match
Kickoff: Friday, 4:00 p.m. EDT
Estadio Castelao – Fortaleza, Brazil
Brazil -125, Colombia +315, Tie after Regulation +280
Over/Under: 2.5 Goals (Over +105, Under -135)
After surviving their match against Chile in dramatic fashion, the home team Brazil will take on Colombia Friday with the winner moving onto the semifinal round.
Here is the BetDSI Sportsbook preview of Friday's match:
Brazil’s road to the quarterfinals has been extremely exciting, but none of their matches can match the excitement of their battle with Chile when Brazil eventually advanced on penalty kicks in what was a 1-1 game after overtime. Colombia has proven to be one of the most surprising teams of the tournament so far and now they have an opportunity to knock off the tournament favorites and advance to the Semifinal.
Brazil was involved in a grueling affair with Chile in the Round of 16. Despite the fact that the team playing in front of its home crowd and outshot its opponent 13-5 on goal, there was no difference in goals scored after 30 minutes of extra time. In regulation, David Luiz scored at the 18-minute mark to give Brazil a 1-0 lead, but Alexis Sanchez netted the equalizer 14 minutes later. Those would be the only shots that found the back of the net until penalties. In the penalty kicks, Chile was trailing 3-2 with the final shot on the way and it clanged off the post. Brazil survived and now they face a Colombia team that looked outstanding in their previous match. Star forward Neymar (4 goals in tournament) is nursing an injured thigh and if he doesn’t play, Brazil will have a lot of trouble advancing.
In the Round of 16, Colombia was matched up against Uruguay, who was playing without the suspended Luis Suarez. The game was very evenly played, but only Colombia was able to score. Despite being outshot 9-8 on goal by Uruguay, Colombia won the time of possession with 54%. James Rodriguez (5 goals, 2 assists in tournament) was the difference in the game, as he was unstoppable for Colombia throughout. Rodriguez scored his first goal at the 28-minute mark and made it 2-0 at the 50-minute mark. He has scored at least one goal in all four matches in this tournament. The youngster has really enjoyed a coming out party in this World Cup and he can continue to impress by knocking out Neymar and Brazil.