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With the Selecao set to host James Rodriguez and company on Tuesday, Brasil Global Tour takes a look back at some five memorable clashes between the two

Brazil host Colombia on Tuesday hoping to build on the momentum of a fine 3-0 victory over Ecuador at the altitude of Quito on Thursday that out their World Cup qualification campaign back on track.

All eyes will once again be on captain Neymar, who has developed something of a grudge against the Colombians after they ended his World Cup hopes in 2014 and then dumped him out of Copa America 2015 following a fiery end to their contest in Buenos Aires.


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Prior to that Copa America win, the last time the Colombians beat the Selecao was in the first phase of Copa America 1991 in Chile. Antony De Avila and Arnoldo Iguaran scored the goals for a Colombia team which featured the likes of goalkeeper Rene Higuita, defender Andres Escobar, the great Carlos Valderrama and the marvelous Freddy Rincon.

Since that game, Brazil and Colombia have met 16 times, bringing ten Brazilian victories and five draws. In the overall history between the two, Brazil and Colombia have met on 28 occasions, with 17 Selecao wins, three for Colombia and eight draws.

Below, Brasil Global Tour looks back at five famous clashes between Brazil and Colombia...

BRAZIL 0 - 1 - COLOMBIA - 17/06/2015

Competition: Copa America
Location: Estádio Monumental (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Referee: Enrique Osses (Chile)
Gols: Jeison Murillo (36)
Brazil: Jefferson, Dani Alves, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Filipe Luis, Fernandinho, Elias (Diego Tardelli), Willian (Douglas Costa), Fred (Coutinho), Roberto Firmino, Neymar
Colombia David Ospina, Camilo Zuniga, Cristian Zapata, Jeison Murillo, Pablo Armero, Edwin Valencia (Alexander Mejía), Carlos Sanchez, Juan Guillermo Cuadrado, James Rodriguez, Teofilo  Gutierrez (Carlos Bacca), Radamel Falcao Garcia (Victor Ibarbo).

One year on from the night when Neymar’s World Cup was ended by a dangerous challenge from Juan Camilo Zuniga, the Barcelona star returned to face Colombia in what was billed as a grudge match for the captain.

However, it did not go to plan for Neymar or Brazil. After a flawless start to life as Brazil coach for Dunga, who boasted a flawless Brasil Global Tour campaign in friendly matches since his appointment, the wheels came off in Argentina at the Copa America.

The over-reliance on Neymar returned and, increasingly frustrated as he was crowded out time and again by a strong Colombia side, the Selecao captain lost his cool at the final whistle. After first slamming the ball against Pablo Armero, he aimed a head-butt at Carlos Bacca and was sent off shortly after the final whistle. He vitriolic protestations against the card would earn Neymar a four-match suspension and thus end another major international competition early.

BRAZIL 2 - 1 - COLOMBIA - 4/7/2014

Competition: World Cup quarter-final
Location: Arena Castelao (Fortaleza, Brazil)
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (Spain)
Gols: Thiago Silva (6), David Luiz (67), James Rodríguez (79)
Brazil: Julio Cesar, Maicon, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Marcelo, Fernandinho, Paulinho (Hernanes), Oscar, Hulk (Ramires), Fred & Neymar (Henrique)
Colombia Ospina, Zuniga, Zapata, Yepes, Armero, Carlos Sanchez, Guarin, Cuadrado (Juan Quintero), James Rodriguez, Ibarbo (Adrian Ramos), Teofilo Gutierrez (Bacca)


On the evening that Brazil had booked their place in the World Cup semi-finals, Neymar hadn't made headlines for another match-winning performance, but rather for an injury that would rule him out for the rest of the tournament. A clumsy challenge Juan Camilo Zuniga late in the game ended the Barcelona forward's dream of winning the trophy on home soil, instead leaving him with a fractured vertebra.

On the pitch, Brazil had a good first-half and went into the break 1-0 up after Thiago Silva bundled one over the line from close range after just six minutes. The hosts could have extended the lead further in the first half but squandered a number of good chances. Not long after the hour mark, David Luiz grabbed the all-important second with a stunning long range free kick.

Colombia's James Rodriguez was the star of the World Cup, finishing as the competition's top scorer, and he pulled one back from the penalty spot after Julio Cesar tripped him inside the area. James and Co. piled on the pressure in the dying moments, forcing Thiago Silva to pick up a booking that would rule him out of the semi-final, which would ultimately end in defeat to Germany.

BRAZIL 0 - 0 COLOMBIA - 15/10/2008

Compeition: World Cup qualification
Location: Maracana, Rio de Janeiro
Referee Ruben Selman (Chile)
Gols: N/A
Brazil:
Julio César, Maicon, Lucio, Juan (Thiago Silva), Kleber; Josue, Gilberto Silva, Elano (Mancini), Kaka; Robinho (Alexandre Pato), Jo.
Colombia: Agustin Julio, Camilo Zuniga, Luis Perea, Mario Yepes, Pablo Armero; Gerardo Bedoya (Abel Aguillar), Fabian Vargas, Freddy Guarin, Juan Carlos Toja; Darwin Quintero (Dayro Moreno), Wason Renteria (Adrian Ramos).


In a hard-fought clash, Brazil failed to impress and could only manage a goalless draw at the Maracana. The team left the field to a chorus of boos after what was their third consecutive stalemate in home qualifiers for World Cup 2010.
 
A restless public began to call for Dunga to move on, while Robinho and Kaka were also singled out for criticism. It was a happy occasion for one man, however, as Julio Cesar broke a record previously held by Taffarel and went five consecutive qualifying matches without conceding. All would turn out well, however, as Brazil went on to top the group and book their place in South Africa. Colombia, however, would miss out on the final qualification spot by just one point.

COLOMBIA 1 - 2 BRAZIL - 7/9/2003

Competition: World Cup qualification
Location:  Estadio Metropolitano, Barranquilla
Referee Horacio Elizondo (ARG)
Goals: Ronaldo (22), Angel (39), Kaka (61)
Colombia: Oscar Cordoba; Martinez, Ivan Cordoba, Yepes, Bedoya (Perea); Restrepo (Becerra), Grisales, Patino (Molina), Lopez, Hernandez; Angel.
Brazil: Dida; Cafu, Lucio, Roque Junior e Roberto Carlos; Gilberto Silva, Emerson (Renato), Alex (Kaka), Ze Roberto; Ronaldo, Rivaldo (Diego)


Ronaldo crowned his first ever World Cup qualifier for Brazil and was in inspired form, leading the team to a 2-1 victory in Barranquilla, in what would be the beginning of Brazil's road to World Cup glory in Germany. O Fenomeno first opened the scoring and then laid on the second for Kaka.

Despite the intense heat in Barranquilla, both teams attacked in what was an open game in which tempers at times threatened to boil over. Ronaldo gave Brazil the lead after 22 minutes after Robeto Carlos andZ e Roberto worked a low cross into the penalty area. Ronaldo was typically deadly and dispatched the ball high into the top corner from 12 yards.

Juan Pablo Angel equalised five minutes before the break, heading Freddy Grisales' cross past a helpless Dida. The visitors claimed all three points on the hour mark when Ronaldo broke into the box and laid the ball square for Kaka to thump the winner high into the Colombian net.

BRASIL 0 - 2 COLOMBIA  - 13/7/1991

Competition: Copa America 1991
Location: Estadio Sausalito, Chile
Refere: Carlos Maciel (PAR)
Goals: Antony de Avila (35'), Arnoldo Iguaran (66')
Colombia: Higuita, Herrera, Perea, Escobar, Osorio, Alvarez, Rincon, Redin, Valderrama, de Avila, Iguaran.
Brazil: Taffarel, Mazinho, Wilson Gottardo, Ricardo Rocha, Branco, Mauro Silva, Marcio, Rai (Careca), Neto (Luis Henrique), Renato Gaucho, Joao Paulo.

Under the command of new coach Falcao, Brazil were trying to recover from a bad run of form that saw them exit World Cup 1990 in the round of 16, going down 1-0 to Argentina in Italy. The team was undergoing a renovation and was already beginning to forge the foundations of the team that would march on to World Cup glory in 1994, with the likes of Mauro Silva and Rai emerging as important members of the squad.

Goals from Antony de Avila and Arnoldo Iguaran either side of half-time gave Colombia victory in Vina del Mar, in what was the last victory Colombia have recorded over the now five-time world champions. Brazil would get revenge, however, beating the Colombians by the same scoreline in the final group stage before eventually finishing runners-up to Argentina.