Jul 4, 2014 at 9pm UK at ​Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza
Brazil
2-1
Colombia
Silva (7'), Luiz (68')
Silva (64'), Cesar (78')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Rodriguez (80' pen.)
Rodrgiuez (67'), Yepes (72')

Colombia manager Jose Pekerman expects "even" game with Brazil

Colombia's Argentinian coach Jose Pekerman reacts during a Group C football match between Colombia and Greece at the Mineirao Arena in Belo Horizonte during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 14, 2014
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Colombia manager Jose Pekerman expects both sides to be "at the peak of their performances" when his team take on Brazil in their World Cup quarter-final in Fortaleza.

Colombia manager Jose Pekerman expects both sides to be at their best when his team take on Brazil in their World Cup quarter-final in Fortaleza on Friday.

James Rodriguez, the tournament's top scorer with five goals, and company have taken their nation to the knockout stages of a finals for the first time, but Pekerman has acknowledged that progressing into the last four at the expense of the hosts would be a "high leap".

He does give them a good chance, though, of triumphing over the Selecao, claiming that it will be an even game because each side have "great players".

"To progress to the semi-finals is a high leap and this is a defining match because both teams will be at the peak of their performances," Pekerman told reporters.

"On both sides, we can observe great players, and when you have great players on both sides of the pitch, the match will be interesting and very even."

Colombia had never advanced past the group stage at their four previous World Cup appearances.

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