Ready for the most exciting game of the World Cup? Home country Brazil faces off against the most surprising, thrilling team in the tournament on July 4 — and you can catch all the action by tuning into the live stream below.
Brazil has been the favorite all throughout the 2014 World Cup — set in Brazil, by the way — though they haven’t been the most fun team to watch. That distinct honor goes to Team Colombia, who have been blowing by everyone in thrilling fashion on the back of 22-year-old James Rodriguez — so aren’t we so lucky to have these two teams face off against each other on July 4. The South American civil war kicks off at 4 p.m. ET — and you can watch it on the live stream below.
World Cup Live Stream — Watch Brazil Vs. Colombia Online
Brazil getting this far has felt like a formality, though they’ve made it shockingly difficult on themselves. Instead of breezing by in their group, the Canarinhos tied Mexico and took all three games to assert dominance in Group A.
And things got even hairier in their Round of 16 game against Chile. The Chileans held Brazil to a 0-0 tie through 120 minutes — and they even almost struck a virtual golden goal in the waning minutes of extra time — before faltering in penalty kicks. That slim margin is what has Brazil still playing, instead of bowing out and watching their country fall into anarchy.
They still have to be the favorites though — they haven’t lost a match in Brazil since the 1970s.
Brazil, Meet James Rodriguez
But if anyone’s going to stop them, it might be Team Colombia. You could argue that no team has looked stronger than the boys in bright yellow. Colombia was one of the few teams to win all three of their group stage matches, pulverizing Greece and Japan by three and defeating the Ivory Coast by one. Then, against a strong Uruguay team in the Round of 16, Colombia dominated play and won relatively easily, 2-0.
Colombia can credit much of their success to the emergence of James Rodriguez, their wunderkind 22-year-old midfielder. James has been all over the place in Colombia’s four games, assisting on a multitude of goals and scoring many more. If Brazil wants to win, this is the guy they need to neutralize.
So will they do it? Watch the live stream above at 4 p.m. to find out.
— Andrew Gruttadaro