90+4' The game comes to a close as the referee sounds three quick bursts from his whistle. Brazil leapfrog Colombia in the standings with the three points from this game. Tite will be pleased with his side's performance, as they always looked comfortable and in control. Colombia threatened occasionally, but Brazil were always on top in the game. Pekerman's side didn't have a bad game, but they simply weren't good enough. The Colombians seemed to lack a creative spark. Brazil themselves seemed somewhat devoid of ideas at times, but then they just gave the ball to Neymar, and he did what he does best - make defenders look incompetent and create scoring chances. In the end it was his goal that gave Brazil the three crucial points, just weeks after leading the U-23 squad to Olympic glory in Rio. What a player.
90' Giuliano is booked for an unnecessary challenge on James.
89' Taison comes on for Gabriel Jesus.
87' A scramble in the box as four Colombian players try to get to the ball in the Brazil penalty area. The home side somehow managed to keep the Colombians at bay at the end of some scrappy defending.
85' Muriel goes off as Marlos Moreno replaces him for Colombia.
84' Things seem a lot more frantic now as Colombia try desperately to find an equaliser again. This should be a tense 10 minutes or so.
80' Marcelo has his name taken by the ref for a late and rather enthusiastic challenge on Cuadrado.
78' Coutinho took a shot from inside the box and really should've scored, but J. Murillo managed to get a block in at the last second.
75' Neymar gives Brazil the lead! Coutinho picked out his teammate in the box, where Neymar was given way too much space. He fired a left-footed shot low and hard to the far post to beat Ospina. That's his 48th goal in just 77 appearances for Brazil.
73' Brazil make another change as Paulinho makes way for Giuliano.
72' Change for Colombia. Carlos Bacca comes off for Roger Martinez.
68' Coutinho enters the fray for Brazil, and Willian is the one to make way for him. Can he be the man to put his team in the lead again?
65' Colombia showed some slick passing in the final third to create a chance. Cuadrado and James combined well, but James' effort ends up in the stands. Not even close.
63' Corner for Brazil. Willian plays it short to Neymar. The ball is lobbed into the box and Jesus gets his head to it, but the ball goes wide of the post.
59' Brazil seem to have the upper hand again. They've maintained possession nicely and putting a few quick passes together. They're not giving much of the ball for the Colombians to play with right now.
54' Brazil really should be ahead. Renato Augusto was picked out in acres of space with a great ball in the penalty area, but he didn't have enough time to get a shot away before Ospina could close the angle.
52' Substitution for Colombia. Macnelly Torres makes way for Juan Cuadrado.
49' A great chance for Brazil. Neymar found Paulinho in the box. The area was crowded and Paulinho twisted and turned to find an opening for himself, but when he did finally manage to squeeze the shot off, it was blocked.
45' We're back for the second half. Colombia get the second half underway on the ref's command. This ought to be an entertaining second half as both teams will probably look to go in for the kill.
45+3' Half time. It's been an interesting first half. Brazil got off to a great start with the early goal and dominated proceedings for a while. However, as the half wore on, Colombia gradually found their feet. Tite will definitely be the more satisfied of the two coaches as his Brazil side put on a great display in the first half. Pekerman won't be too upset either. Colombia have done decently so far. We're set up for a great second half.
45+3' Gameplay continues, as both players seem to be fine. Neymar has his name taken into the ref's book for something he said.
45+1' There's a bit of concern on the pitch as Neymar and J. Murillo writhe on the ground after a collision.
45' Corner to Colombia. Rodriguez puts the ball low into the penalty area and straight to a defender. Easily cleared,
42' Another Colombian attack fizzles out thanks to a poor cross from Muriel. He needs to improve his delivery.
36' Equaliser for Colombia! Rodriguez played a nice ball into the box from a dead ball. In a crowded penalty area, Marquinhos jumped highest to reach the ball first, but his touch took it past Alisson and into his own net. Unfortunate for the defender. Brilliant for Colombia!
35' Colombia put an attack together, but Muriel's cross from the right wing is wildly overhit, and rolls out of play harmlessly on the other side of the pitch,
33' Paulinho finds the back of the net, but it won't count. The ball went in off his arm, and he gets a yellow card for his troubles.
32' Colombia have all eleven of their men in their own half. Brazil are dominating proceedings right now, especially down the left flank through Neymar. The Brazilians are pressing the opposition defenders relentlessly, trying to force an error to pounce on.
29' Brazil seem sharper than their opponents right now. Their movement and passing are just a notch above that of the Colombians.
25' Brilliant build-up play by Brazil to mount a good looking attack, but it goes to waste as Neymar is called offside.
22' Some great end to end play here. Both teams are playing an open, fast-paced attacking game. The better chances have fallen to Brazil so far, but Colombia are putting up a fair fight.
18' Colombia are stringing together a few passes now. Nothing too penetrative or threatening, but they're having a decent spell of possession.
15' Medina picks up a booking for a silly challenge on Neymar. First yellow of the game.
13' Rodriguez was looking to build an attack for his side. He skipped past a player or two in midfield, but Casemiro stopped him in his tracks with a perfectly timed sliding tackle.
11' There's a huge roar from the crowd every time Neymar gets on the ball. The Brazilians sure do love their hero.
8' James Rodriguez puts a dangerous cross in from the right. Muriel got his head to it, but nodded it high over the crossbar.
7' The set piece is wasted. Neymar put the ball in with what looked like a mix between a cross and a shot. It was asking too much for a teammate to get to it before the defenders.
6' Free kick to Brazil. Neymar made a great run down the left flank, but was impeded unfairly by a defender.
3' Brazil are off to a flying start. A goal just 90 seconds into the game, and they're already mounting wave after wave of attack.
2' Goal! Corner to Brazil, as a result of the first Brazilian attack. Neymar whips the ball in, and Miranda rises high to bury his header past Ospina into the net.
1' We're all set for kick-off with both teams ready to start the action. Brazil get us underway from the centre as the ref blows his whistle to get the game started. Here we go.
Both teams have announced their confirmed line-ups.
Brazil: Alisson; Alves, Marquinhos, Miranda, Marcelo; Casemiro, Paulinho; Augusto, Willian, Neymar; Jesus
Colombia: Ospina; Medina, O. Murillo, J. Murillo, Diaz; Sanchez, Barrios, James, Macnelly; Muriel, Bacca
Brazil vs Colombia Match Preview
Brazil take on Colombia in the 8th round of the South American qualifiers for the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup. The Selecao will be the hosts at the Amazonia Arena in Manaus, where Tite will have his first home game as the new Brazil coach. All the CONMEBOL nations have played seven games each in qualifying, and Colombia are currently 3rd with 13 points, just one short of group leaders Argentina. Meanwhile, Brazil currently stand at 5th with 12 points, ahead of Paraguay only on goal difference.
Brazil got off to a shaky start in their campaign for qualification with a loss and three draws in their first four games, but are trying turn their around their run of poor form. Tite will be hoping that the success of the squad that won the Olympic gold medal in Rio will rub off on the team, as the medal winners have become available for selection again. It sure worked in their previous game, in which Brazil defeated Ecuador 3-0. The goals came in the form of a Neymar penalty and a quickfire Gabriel Jesus brace in the dying minutes of the game. Both goalscorers were part of the Olympic squad.
Jose Pekerman’s Colombia side come into this game on the back of a dominant 2-0 win against a Venezuela team that were reduced to just nine men. Colombia’s superstar midfielder James Rodriguez scored in the first half before going on to set one up for his teammate Macnelly Torres in the closing stages of the second half. That victory made it three consecutive wins for Colombia in the World Cup qualifiers, continuing their great run. A win for the Colombians in this game could put them on top of the CONMEBOL qualification standings.
Brazil vs Colombia Team News
Tite is likely to stick with the same back four that managed to keep the Ecuador attack at bay - Dani Alves, Marquinhos, Miranda and Marcelo. He started with Renato Augusto, Casemiro and Paulinho in the last game, but the trio lacked a creative spark. It’s possible that either Coutinho or Lucas could start ahead of Paulinho against Colombia. Their forward line is unlikely to change.
Pekerman will start with Carlos Bacca up front and James Rodriguez, Daniel Torres and Luis Muriel behind him. Macnelly Torres and Carlos Sanchez are expected to start in central midfield.
Brazil vs Colombia H2H (Head to Head)
Brazil have had a clear upper hand in the past meetings between these two teams. The Selecao have only lost one of their last 12 games against Colombia, and that 1-0 loss came in their previous clash in the group stages of the 2015 Copa America.
Brazil vs Colombia Kick-off and TV Listings
Venue: Amazonia Arena, Manaus
Kick-off time: 7th September, 6:15am, IST
TV Channel: Sony Six
Brazil vs Colombia Probable Line-ups
Brazil: Alisson; Alves, Marquinhos, Miranda, Marcelo; Casemiro; Willian, Augusto, Coutinho, Neymar; Jesus
Colombia: Ospina; Medina, J. Murillo, O. Murillo, Diaz; D. Torres, Sanchez; Rodriguez, M. Torres, Muriel; Bacca
Brazil vs Colombia Match Prediction
Colombia have a terrible record against the Brazilians, and that makes it hard to see anything but a loss for Pekerman’s side. 2-1 to Brazil.