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Friday July 4 2014
Line-ups: Brazil-Colombia

Hosts Brazil take on World Cup revelations Colombia in the quarter-final, as it’s Neymar against Juan Cuadrado and James Rodriguez.

It kicks off at 21.00 UK time (20.00 GMT) Fortaleza for a place in the semi-final against Germany.

The Selecao haven’t been hugely impressive so far in the tournament, as they squeezed past Chile on penalties after winning their group on goal difference ahead of Mexico.

Brazil have drawn their last four meetings with Colombia in all competition.

Neymar is fighting for the Golden Ball, but the current top scorer is Colombia’s James Rodriguez with five goals in four games.

Neymar struggled with a knee and thigh problem over the last few days, but has been able to train regularly and is fit to start.

Luiz Gustavo is suspended, while Marcelo is carrying a knock, but it’s Dani Alves who is dropped in favour of Roma veteran Douglas Maicon.

Colombia have a fully fit squad and have won every single game so far in some considerable style.

They swept Uruguay aside 2-0 and once again rely on the pace and creativity of Fiorentina talent Cuadrado and top scorer Rodriguez.

However, Fredy Guarin of Inter and Cagliari striker Victor Ibarbo are brought in, dropping Jackson Martinez.

There are several Serie A-based players in the line-up, including Milan defender Cristian Zapata, Atalanta’s Mario Yepes, Pablo Armero of Udinese, Napoli full-back Juan Camilo Zuniga and Fiorentina’s Cuadrado.

Brazil: Julio Cesar; Maicon, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Marcelo; Paulinho, Fernandinho; Hulk, Oscar, Neymar; Fred

Colombia: Ospina; Zuniga, Zapata, Yepes, Armero; Sanchez, Guarin; Cuadrado, Rodriguez, Ibarbo; Gutierrez

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