Our Clients:

Field Level Media - Professional sports content solutions | FLM

Jul 1, 2024 9:23 pm

Brazil shows respect for hot Colombia ahead of Copa clash

alisson brazil

One of the most talented squads in Colombia’s history will face Brazil with the top spot in Copa America Group D on the line Tuesday night in Santa Clara, Calif.

Perhaps no one is more aware of Los Cafeteros’ capabilities than the Brazilians.

Brazil goalkeeper Alisson is club teammates with Colombia attacker Luis Diaz at Liverpool.

“It’s not going to be one guy who will block him,” Alisson said. “It’s not going to be one player that will block him or neutralize him. It’s not going to be me with a save. This is about teamwork.”

Brazil boss Dorival Junior previously coached enigmatic Colombian midfielder James Rodriguez at Sao Paulo before taking the national team job, and he can tell that the 32-year-old is playing more freely for his country than he has in an at-times turbulent club career.

“He feels very comfortable wearing the Colombia jersey,” Dorival Junior said. “He feels really well, fully integrated, with a team that respects him, that embraces him and which makes him feel even more important.”

It’s not often that Brazil, five-time World Cup champions and nine-time Copa America winners, spend so much time in a press conference discussing the opponent’s players.

Colombia (2-0-0, 6 points) deserves it thanks to an active 25-match unbeaten streak that includes wins in the past 10. Los Cafeteros are assured of a spot in the quarterfinals, and they need only a draw to top the group and avoid a potential quarterfinal meeting with in-form Uruguay, the likely Group C winner.

Brazil (1-0-1, 4 points) needs a victory to claim first place in Group D.

Even so, Colombia manager Nestor Lorenzo said it’s a bit extreme to call his side favorites.

“I feel that with Brazil, you’re never the favorite,” Lorenzo said. “Because it is a team with a very strong track record, and we’re just beginning to write a couple of pages in the history of football. Colombia is a nation which has been good at times, but we are hoping for more.”

Lorenzo said his team’s yellow-card situation could play into his lineup selection, with striker Jhon Cordoba and midfielder Richard Rios among those sitting on yellows.

Dorival Junior pledged to play his best 11 available, which likely means Vinicius Junior — who struck for a brace in a 4-1 win over Paraguay — won’t be rested even though Brazil are all but assured of advancing to the quarterfinals.

–Field Level Media

You may also like

tyler adams
Jul 20, 2024 12:14 pm

USMNT captain Tyler Adams (back) to miss start of Premier League season

The injury bug continues to bite Tyler Adams, the U.S. men’s national team captain and midfielder for AFC Bournemouth. He will miss the start of the upcoming Premier League season…

rob gale thorns
Jul 20, 2024 10:46 am

Thorns elevate Rob Gale to permanent head coach

The Portland Thorns FC elevated interim head coach Rob Gale to the role on a permanent basis. Gale took over the club on April 16 when head coach Mike Norris…

Mykhi Joyner
Jul 20, 2024 12:12 am

SKC, St. Louis City to meet again, both desperate for wins

A pair of teams near the bottom of the Western Conference standings are out to enter the upcoming All-Star and Leagues Cup break on a positive note when Sporting Kansas…

More Soccer News

tyler adams
Jul 20, 2024 12:14 pm

USMNT captain Tyler Adams (back) to miss start of Premier League season

The injury bug continues to bite Tyler Adams, the U.S. men’s national team captain and midfielder for AFC Bournemouth. He will miss the start of the upcoming Premier League season…

rob gale thorns
Jul 20, 2024 10:46 am

Thorns elevate Rob Gale to permanent head coach

Mykhi Joyner
Jul 20, 2024 12:12 am

SKC, St. Louis City to meet again, both desperate for wins

Aaron Long
Jul 19, 2024 11:35 pm

Olivier Giroud could debut for LAFC in matchup with Sounders

galaxy
Jul 19, 2024 11:11 pm

Galaxy look to extend conference lead vs. Timbers

Read all
fb-post
advertisment
title-icon

Upcoming events

See all odds