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November 15, 2012
• MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
Referee: M. Geiger
• Attendance: 38624
J. Cuadrado 44'
That's all folks. See you next time.
And the referee blows for full time.
Brazil looking most interested in finding a winner here, but Colombia holding firm.
Brazil have certainly given Colombia's full-backs more to think about in the second half, and found much more joy going as a result.
Another free kick for Brazil. This time David Luiz fancies it and strikes it well, but it's narrowly over Ospina's crossbar.
Yellow Card Pablo Armero
Neymar steps up... and he's absolutely skied it. It went miles over the bar. The ball may actually have left the stadium.
Yellow Card Ramires
Penalty to Brazil! Dani Alves plays a fabulous one-two with Neymar before being tackled from behind byArmero inside the box. The Colombian looked to have taken the ball, but the referee points to the spot.
Neymar strikes the free-kick, but it won't trouble Ospina.
Yellow Card Mario Yepes
And Yepes is finally in the book. This time Oscar was on the receiving end of a poorly-timed lunge.
Yellow Card Leandro Castán
Cuadrado's had the beating of Castan all night, and this time he beats him for pace before being taken down. Yellow card.
Yepes' long pass for Cuadrado looked to be flying out for a goal kick, but not on this pitch. It bounced and stopped almost dead for Cuadrado. His cross found Rodriguez from 12 yards but the header was straight at Diego Alves.
Yepes once again crashes into Neymar, causing Kaka to run over and play peacemaker, Neymar isn't happy; Yepes pleads his innocence.
Goal Neymar Jr.
GOAL! Brilliant equaliser from Neymar. He again found space out wide before cutting into the box, twisting one way then the other before placing his shot wide of Ospina and inside the far post.
Having said that, Neymar, again cutting in from the left, plays a neat one-two with Kaka before his low shot is too close to Ospina.
The game beginning to get a little scrappy now, as neither side is moving the ball particularly well on what is a very slow playing surface.
And at the other end Paulinho tries his luck, but his shot isn't troubling Ospina.
And at the other end Falcao turns well before feeding Rodriguez, whose effort from range sails wide.
Kaka breaks forward and plays a smart ball through to Oscar, but the flag goes up for offside.
Ospina looked to have recovered from what appeared to be a twist of his knee but seemed to feel it again as he cleared the ball there.
Kaka delivers a free-kick into the Colombian box, and Jackson Martnez and Mario Yepes are involved in a painful clash of heads as play is stopped.
Ospina was hurt making that stop, and looks like he may struggle to continue.
Brilliant from Kaka to skip away from two challenges before playing in Neymar, whose shot from 18 yards is brilliantly stopped by Ospina.
Brazil kick off the second half.
Brazil's narrow 4-2-2-2 allowing Cuadrado and Armero to push extremely high up the pitch. No surprise that the goal came from a full-back rushing forward.
And that's half-time. Colombia go into the break one up.
Assist James Rodríguez
Goal Juan Cuadrado
GOL! Gol de Colombia.Golazo in fact. Colombia take the lead. A wonderful passage of passing ends with James Rodriguez playing a one-two with Torres before playing in Cuadrado down the right. The Fiorentina took the ball in his stride to stay goal side of Castan before hammering his shot inside the far post.
Martinez has done well so far, but I do wonder whether a slight lack of mobility compared to Teo Guttierez is leaving Falcao a little less to work with.
Poor challenge from Yepes on Oscar, which somehow wasn't given as a free-kick to Brazil.
And at the other end Rodriguez and Falcao combine, but Thiago Silva slides in with a fantastic tackle just as Falcao was about to pull that most deadly of triggers.
Wonderful first touch from Martinez, who takes Cuadrado's chipped ball on the volley with his back to goal and turns in one movement to lift it over David Luiz' head. It's a shame the Chelsea defender recovered so well, that would have been some goal.
Brazil's wandering front two/four beginning to cause problems now. Neymar again drifts in from the left before this time driving his shot over the bar.
Yepes' pass is straight to Oscar who flicks it inside for Kaka. The Madrid gets the ball out of his feet before chipping Ospina, but his shot cannons back off the crossbar. It was a wonderful effort that probably deserved more.
James Rodriguez finds space in behind Dani Alves before smashing in a low cross that was too close to Diego Alves.
Neymar sent sprawling by Valencia on the left touchline. The referee has a word, and it probably won't be the last.
Thiago Silva plays needlessly gives the ball away in midfield and the break left Falcao one-on-one with David Luiz before Paulinho gets back to dispossess El Tigre, who perhaps should have played the ball square to Martinez.
Great cross from Dani Alves to find Neymar completely unmarked from six yards, but his header is straight at Ospina. That was a sitter. Brazil should be one up.
Both full-backs getting forward again for Colombia, Armero linking will with Rodriguez before the Porto man's cross flies over Diego Alves' bar.
Colombia holding their shape very well again tonight. No way through for Brazil before Dani Alves plays in a cross that drifts harmlessly into Ospina's arms; though not before another odd bounce of the ball causes a slight panic.
Paulinho finds Neymar in the right channel, who plays in Kaka only for the Madrid man's shot to flash just wide of the post. Best chance of the game so far.
Great play from Rodriguez out wide to flick the ball inside for the onrushing Armero, whose cross led Colombia to call for a penalty as it struck Silva's upper body. Nothing doin.
Neymar drifts out to his favourite position on the left before cutting inside to curl his shot safely wide of Ospina's far post.
Martinez shapes to shoot and instead plays a reverse pass inside to Falcao inside the box, but David Luiz was across very quickly to block his shot.
Martinez holds it up well before playing in Cuadrado on the right, where he beat Castan twice before stumbling under a clumsy challenge to win a corner. Brazil are slightly fortunate the Colombian didn't hit the deck there.
Colombia break after Ramires loses possession. Macnelly Torres drags the ball forward before finding Martinez on the edge of the area, but David Luiz across to tackle. This pitch really is slow, it's catching everybody out right now.
Neymar takes the free-kick himself, but it's cleared to safety.
Neymar drops wide from his position of false-nine and wins what will likely be the first of many Mario Yepes concedes this evening.
Dani Alves skips past a challenge before blasting his shot high and wide. The pitch looks awfully slow this evening, and its reluctance to roll on the turf has already caught a couple out.
Thiago Neves tracks backs, which will encourage Menezes, before conceding a corner which comes to nothing.
And we're off.
This will be a proper test for Brazil. The highest-ranked team Menezes has defeated so far is Denmark, who were 10th in the FIFA rankings when his side beat them 3-1 in May - Colombia are currently ranked 9th by FIFA.
This is the second time these two have met in the United States. In 2003 they met for the quarter-finals of the Gold Cup in Miami, with Brazil winning 2-0 thanks to a Kaka double.
There should be some goals to enjoy tonight. Not only is Falcao playing, but Brazil have managed 20 goals in their last four outings; Colombia are on a four-game winning streak and have scored 12 times in the process.
Colombia: Ospina; Cuadrado, Yepes, Mosquera, Armero; Sanchez, Valencia; James Rodriguez, Macnelly Torres; Jackson Martinez, Falcao.
Brazil: Diego Alves, Dani Alves, David Luiz, Thiago Silva, Castán, Paulinho, Ramires, Oscar, Kaka, Thiago Neves, Neymar.
Tonight's setting holds a certain resonance for Mano Menezes. It’s been two years, three months, 31 games, 21 wins, five draws, five defeats, 64 goals and 20 conceded since he led a new-look Brazil side to a stunning 2-0 win over USA.
Colombia, however, have been transformed under new coach Jose Pekerman, who has led his side to six wins in seven games. The introduction of both James Rodriguez and Macnelly Torres to the side has been key for Los Cafeteros, who struggled for creation and to retain possession prior to the Argentine’s arrival.
This is Brazil’s 1000th international, and they’ll be hoping to continue their fine record against Colombia. The two sides have met 24 times and Brazil have won 15, with seven ending in draws and just two victories for Colombia.
Evening, all. Welcome to Goal.com's LIVE text commentary on tonight’s International friendly between Brazil and Colombia. My name is Rupert Fryer and I will be guiding you through the action this evening.
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