Brazil (2-1) Colombia

Colombia Tries to Take Out Hometown Heroes (UPDATE: Colombia (& Neymar) Out)


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Colombia hopes to take down Brazil in Fortaleza.

UPDATE: The hometown heroes of Brazil are one step closer to winning the cup on their home turf, after beating Colombia 2-1 and securing a spot in Tuesday’s semifinal against Germany. But the big news for Brazil is two absences from their next match. After his second yellow card in as many matches, Brazil’s captain Thiago Silva is out of the semis. And Brazilian star Neymar is out for the rest of the World Cup after fracturing a vertebra in his back. We’ll find out Tuesday if these key absences will hurt Brazil’s game, but regardless, the Brazil/Germany match is sure to be an exciting one.

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Just like the first match between France and Germany, this Brazil/Colombia match (4 PM ET/8 PM UTC) is also a battle of neighboring nations. Brazil is hoping that playing on its home turf will keep visiting Colombia fans quiet. Colombia, meanwhile, hopes to finish the job Chile came so close to completing: knocking out the hometown favorites.

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Foward Brazilian Soldiers!

Brazil Looks to Quarterfinals, With Confidence!

FILE - Soccer fans celebrate as they watch on a big screen television, the second goal scored by Brazil's Neymar in the World Cup match against Cameroon, in Manaus, Brazil.

 

Brazil will face Colombia Friday for a spot in the World Cup semifinal. Everybody expects a tough game for Brazil and in a country where soccer is king, everyone has an opinion on the national team.

In Flamengo, one can see the majestic Sugar Loaf mountain, but nobody really pays attention to one of the most iconic sights in Rio. Here, it is the ball that gets all the attention. Amateurs, kids, everybody is playing soccer. And everybody has an opinion on the Selecao, the Brazilian national team.

Many, like Mateus Marquez Custodio, think the team will beat Colombia.

Read more here at VOAnews.com.

Your Team Is Out? No Worries!

The Final Eight: Who to Root For

We’re finally down to the last eight at the 2014 World Cup, and there’s a distinctive theme: four teams are from Europe, and four are from South America. But what if you’re from North America, or Asia, or Africa? Who do you root for now. VOA Football tells you who you should root for…

Brazil.

If you want suspense: Support Brazil

Yes, Brazil. Brazil never seems to live up to the public expectations, the Cup is hosted on their home turf, and they were a penalty shot away from elimination in the Round of 16. Add these together, and it’s clear that Brazil is the perfect team for all lovers of the soap opera that is soccer: suspense, surprises, and shock.

Colombia.

If you love “the beautiful game”: Support Colombia

The beauty of soccer – the collaboration between players, the confidence, the technical skill – can all be found in Colombia’s game. Their style of play is far removed from the days when it was called “El Toque,” or “the touch,” a short, utilitarian style of play. Today, a more accurate name might be “El Toque Bonito” – “the beautiful touch” – for the ease with which they seem to play.

France.

If you love Africa: Support France

It may be controversial, but France is the best “African” team still in the competition. Many of the French players are from Africa, including such countries as Senegal, Algeria, Mali, and Congo. Even if some do not want to admit it, this team is not a French team, but a team of immigrants who are representing France.

Netherlands.

If you want to see attractive players: Support the Netherlands

While Neymar of Brazil and James Rodriguez of Colombia are often mentioned among the most attractive players, the Dutch team seems to be especially stacked in the looks department. Just look at the legions of female fans in the stands cheering on the Netherlands.

(This post courtesy VOA’s French language World Cup blog. Check it out at http://football.lavoixdelamerique.com/)

Colombia (2-0) Uruguay

Does Suarez’s Ban Diminish Uruguay’s Bite? (UPDATE: Uruguay Loses)


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Fans take pictures with a Luis Suarez poster in Rio.

UPDATE: Whether or not the Suarez controversy had any impact on Uruguay’s play is debatable. But what isn’t debatable is the final score: Colombia beats Uruguay, 2-0, and advances to face home town team Brazil in the quarterfinal.

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In the past week, Uruguay’s made headlines around the world, and not because they beat Italy and advanced to the knockout stage. After Luis Suarez bit Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini in their win Tuesday, the entire world’s attention has been trained on Suarez and his home country. It’s certain that Suarez won’t be playing in this match – he’s been banned by FIFA for nine matches and four months – but what’s less clear is if the negative attention will have an impact on his team. Find out at 4 PM ET (8 PM UTC).

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Colombia (4-1) Japan

Japan vs. Colombia: Japan’s Very Long Shot at the Round of 16 (UPDATE: Colombia Trounces Japan)


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Japan has a long shot at making the Round of 16, but it is possible.

UPDATE: Colombia wins over Japan, 4-1, to advance to the knockout round as the top team in Group C.

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After a draw and a loss in their last two matches, Japan is hoping for its first win of the tournament. To get it, they’ll have to beat Colombia, a team that hasn’t lost yet at the Cup, and has already qualified for the Round of 16. If Japan does beat Colombia, they’ll then have to hope for a winless Greece team to upset Cote d’Ivoire in order to advance to the next round. It’s a long-shot for sure, but it is possible. See what happens today at 4 PM ET (8 PM UTC).

For play-by-play, minute-by-minute coverage of every ball touch, throw-in, direct kick, indirect kick, yellow card, red card, corner kick, goal kick and every other possible football feat in every World Cup match, tap into VOA’s multilingual, multinational analysis.

Click here to follow the action live, or follow along on Facebook, or on Twitter with #WorldCupVOA.

And for even more exclusive VOA coverage with a special focus on Africa’s national teams, check out VOA’s Francophone blog.