Neymar vs James Rodriguez

Host nation Brazil meet Colombia in the quarter final of the 2014 World Cup in a match which promises to be full of excitement and action. The Home side will be under tremendous pressure after an unconvincing victory against Chile while for their opponents Colombia everything has gone well until now. Here is a compilation of some of the players on show hoping to swing the game in their sides favour.


Neymar: The Brazil striker had an injury scare before the match but has been declared fit to play against Colombia which is massive boost for the side. Neymar has looked dangerous every time he has had the ball at his feet Colombia will have to play out of their skins to contain him.

James Rodriguez: He has scored in every game so far in the tournament and leads the race for the golden boot. Rodriguez has been one of the top performers of the World Cup so far and it would not come as a surprise if he toppled the Brazilians with his game in Fortaleza.


Julio Cesar: If Colombia and Brazil cancel each other after 120 minutes then Julio Cesar will have to come to the rescue of his side again once again and looking at the form the Colombians have showed so far a Penalty shootout might well be needed to decide the winner.

Fernandinho: The dynamic midfielder is known for his wide range of passing an pressing game which helped his club Manchester city to a domestic double in the 2013/14 season. Coach Scholari would be hoping Fernandinho has a good game for Brazil in Fortaleza and more than makes up for the absence of Luis Gustavo.

David Luiz: The new PSG recruit was on target for Brazil against and Chile in normal time and scored from the spot in the penalty shootout that helped his side clinch a quarter final berth. He will however have to curtail the odd moment of lapse of concentration he is prone to as it may prove disastrous for his side.


Juan Cuadrado: The Colombian winger has been in fine form throughout the World Cup and his tendency to drift in and play the no 10 role has made him very flexible player and an asset to the side.

Mario Yepes: The Colombian skipper has led the backline exceptionally well and  hardly looks his  age with some rock solid defending for his side . His nation would be hoping he can lead his side to a famous victory against Brazil in Fortaleza.

Jackson Martinez: After breaking his goal scoring drought against Japan, Martinez has found his old vigour and would be eager to perform some heroics against Brazil.