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Brazil vs Colombia Copa America live stream: Confirmed team news and probable line-ups

By Dean Smith

Published: 17:20, 1 July 2024

Matchday three of Group D at the Copa America sees 2019 winners Brazil still with work to do if they want to qualify as they prepare to face Colombia at the Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California – home of the San Francisco 49ers.

Group leaders Colombia are already through to the quarter-finals after winning their first two matches and they will stay on top of the section if they can avoid defeat in this game, which kicks off at 2am UK time on Wednesday.

Brazil will jump into first place in the group if they win, but they are paying the price for failing to beat Costa Rica in their opening match as they head into this match two points behind their opponents.

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Brazil struggling to live up to teams of old

Brazil manager Dorival Junior neglected to mention his own team when naming Argentina, Uruguay and Colombia as the best three international sides in South America and while he was clearly being respectful to their next opponents, the Selecao are not operating at the level which most football fans have come to expect from them.

They arrive at the final group game having failed to beat a Costa Rica team that Colombia dispatched 3-0 just four days later and being shut out in that game has put the pressure on Brazil.

Brazil were able to outperform Colombia in their respective match-ups with Paraguay, winning 4-1 in Las Vegas after Los Cafeteros had opened their group campaign with a 2-1 success over the same team.

It’s points that count, though, and Brazil’s slow start in front of goal has already put them on the back foot in their campaign to reach a third successive Copa America final.

In contrast, Colombia are in the best shape they have been for several years and have not lost since a defeat by Argentina in February 2022.

With the incentive to try to win back-to-back matches against Brazil for the first time in their history, Colombia are prime candidates to provide another insight into how strong the current Selecao really are.

Brazil vs Colombia team news

Predicting the line-ups for this match is not easy as much depends on how wary the coaches are of fielding players who already have a yellow card and also on how motivated they are to want to win the group and avoid a likely clash with Uruguay in the quarter-finals.

Star striker Vinicius Junior is walking a disciplinary tightrope already for Brazil after he was cautioned against Paraguay while his Real Madrid colleague Eder Militao, left-back Wendell and West Ham’s Lucas Paqueta also have yellow cards.

Wendell took over from Guilherme Arana against Paraguay, when Savio was the other new face in the starting line-up, replacing Raphinha.

Colombia captain James Rodriguez was substituted with 18 minutes left against Costa Rica, but should be available, while Jefferson Lerma, Jhon Cordoba and Richard Rios are candidates to be rested if head coach Nestor Lorenzo is concerned about the yellow cards they are carrying.

Brazil vs Colombia predicted line-ups

Brazil (4-2-3-1): Becker; Danilo, Lucas Beraldo, Marquinhos, Guilherme Arana; Bruno Guimaraes, Joao Gomes; Savio, Andreas Pereira, Rodrygo; Vinicius Jr.

Colombia (4-3-3): Vargas; Munoz, Sanchez, Cuesta, Machado; Castano, Uribe, Arias; Luis Sinisterra, Duran, Diaz.