Colombia vs. Brazil - prediction, team news, lineups
For the first times since October 2015, Brazil tasted defeat in World Cup qualifying when they were beaten 2-0 by Uruguay last month in a game that was marred by the serious knee injury sustained by star attacker Neymar.

Goals either side of half time from Uruguay duo Darwin Nunez and Nicolas de la Cruz ended Brazil's 37-game unbeaten run in qualifying, and that setback came just six days after the Selecao were held by Venezuela in a 1-1 draw on home soil when Gabriel Magalhaes's opener was cancelled out by Eduard Bello in the 85th minute.

The last time that Brazil endured a run of three or more games without a win was between September and November of 2019 when they failed to win five matches in a row, and interim boss Fernando Diniz is the man tasked with turning the Selecao's fortunes around in their final two fixtures of 2023.

Diniz, who successfully steered Fluminense to Copa Libertadores glory earlier this month, will be keen to see his Brazil side claim maximum points against Colombia as they attempt to close the five-point gap that separates them in third place with Argentina at the summit of the CONMEBOL standings.


Brazil, who have only won four of their last 10 internationals away from home, are sure to have one eye on next Wednesday's showdown with Argentina, but they must first shift their focus to Friday's clash with Colombia, whom they have beaten 12 times as well as drawn 11 and lost just one of their previous 21 meetings with Los Cafeteros.

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