Brazil look to secure top spot and avoid Messi's Argentina
Brazil will look to secure top spot in Copa America Group B by winning against Columbia, who slipped to a 2-1 defeat against Peru. Securing top spot will help in reducing the chances of coming up against Lionel Messi's Argentina before the final.
Brazil will finish top of Group B should they win against Colombia and Peru fail to beat Ecuador.
Brazil coach Tite's idea however is to go along the same rotation policy that have seen them acquire six points from two matches so far but was hopeful the balance of his side will not be hindered.
"We continue with this idea in this competition, some changes," said Tite. "We hope that these changes theoretically do not modify the gear or the balance that the team has had," he added.
Brazil made six changes between the 3-0 win over Venezuela in the opening game and the 4-0 they handed to Peru afterward. Neymar started both games and scored in both.
Columbia coach Reinaldo Rueda said that the way to stop Neymar is to create dissonance in Brazil's 'circuits' in the field.
"The defense is a collective situation and not only of the men at the back, everyone has responsibility and the premise is to reduce the offensive power of Brazil ... There are connection circuits in Brazil, not only with Neymar, and you have to identify that well and concentrate, '' Rueda evaluated.
A win will secure Colombia's place in the quarters, though a draw could be enough if Ecuador lose to Peru in the earlier game. The omens are not good for Colombia heading into the match in Rio de Janeiro. They are winless in their last four meetings with Selecao, Colombia's last victory coming in the 2015 Copa America.