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Brazil vs Colombia: A brief history

With the Selecao set to be reunited with their World Cup 2014 quarterfinal opponents Friday, GBGT takes a look back at some memorable clashes from the recent past

Brazil meets Colombia at Sun Life Stadium on Friday hoping to continue a 14-game unbeaten run against its South American rivals.

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.

After that game, Brazil and Colombia have met 14 times, bringing nine Brazilian victories and five draws. In the overall history between the two, Brazil and Colombia have met 26 times, with 16 Selecao wins, two for Colombia and eight draws.

Below are four famous clashes between the two...
BRAZIL 2 - 1 - COLOMBIA - 7/4/2014

Competition: World Cup quarterfinal
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 its place in the World Cup semifinals, 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 from 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 semifinal, which would ultimately end in defeat to Germany.

BRAZIL 0 - 0 COLOMBIA - 10/15/2008

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 its 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 its place in South Africa. Colombia, however, would miss out on the final qualification spot by just one point.

COLOMBIA 1 - 2 BRAZIL - 9/7/2003

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 and Ze 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 equalized 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  - 7/13/1991

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 was trying to recover from a bad run of form that saw it 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 halftime gave Colombia victory in Vina del Mar, in what was the last victory Colombia has 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 runner up to Argentina.