It was fitting that the host nation go through, but it was the best so far in terms of drama, intensity and entertainment. Brazilian goalkeeper, Julio Cesar stole the show with two massive penalty saves which made certain Brazil going through to the eight, and on course to win the tournament. Columbia made no mistake when playing against Uruguay with no Luis Suarez, and this game provided the ideal opportunity for the Colombian James Rodriguez to show the world why he is considered to be one of the best rising stars in football.
Chile will count themselves unlucky, as the first half of the match against Brazil was of the high quality. The second half was a bit more scrappy, but at the normal time with penalties looming, the game was evenly poised. There is no doubt that the overwhelming support for the host nation in the stadium was a huge factor during the entire game, and Brazil took full advantage of the situation to come through winners. Chile go out the tournament with their heads held high, Sanchez performed well and the team on the whole impressed all, which will only enhance their reputation.
In spite of the Uruguay’s Tabarez claiming that their team would not miss the infamous Luis Suarez, and would use his absence to inspire them to a victory, Columbia had different plans. Rodriguez has become the main attraction, taking full advantage of the absence of the injured Radamel Falcao. The team on the whole has performed well so in the tournament. Statistic tell the tale of Colombia’s form, with James Rodriguez currently being the tournament’s top goal scorer with five goals, he is laos the first player to score in each of his first four World Cup games since Vieri did it in 1998 for Italy. Juan Cuadrado has four assists in this tournament to date, which is more than any other player.
Paddypower like other bookmakers have Brazil as 5/6 favourites to with the match on Friday 4th July, and priced at 13/5 to go on to win the tournament. However, I am pretty certain that Colombia will not make it easy and can cause an upset. Brazil attack is not as potent as it has been in the past (in spite of having the super star Neymar), and Rodriguez has already proven that he is capable of winning any game almost single handedly!