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Brazil skipper Thiago Silva looking forward to open match against Colombia

David Luiz and Thiago Silva need to be strong this evening
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Brazil captain Thiago Silva is looking forward to facing a Colombia side that will attack and not sit back.

The hosts’ contest the quarter-finals at Fortaleza this evening knowing they must beat one of the most impressive teams in the tournament to continue on their pathway for World Cup glory.

Silva spoke to the media yesterday, with Goal.com quoting the Paris Saint-Germain skipper.

Silva said: "What's good for me is a team that comes up to play against us. Technically, Colombia have those skills of wanting to play, so that helps our team.

“It becomes a very open match. That's when we defenders have to remember that we can't concede goals. Two-three minutes later we will have control of the match, and that's when we'll try to strike.

"It's better to play these matches than against a team who plays very closed. It's difficult to score against a team playing in the final 15 metres – you need skill and good movement to find space."

The Brazil captain has come under pressure recently and was criticised for showing his emotion after the penalty shoot-out win over Chile. He’ll hope to silence those critics with a strong performance against Colombia.

Brazil's quest for a sixth world crown sees them play their continental neighbours Colombia in Fortaleza this evening at 2100 BST, and you can keep up to date with all the action here at Sambafoot throughout the proceedings.


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