The soccer tournament known as Copa America is underway in the country of Chile, where teams from Brazil and Colombia are expected to face off in a Group C Match on Wednesday night at 8 pm (EST). Live stream of the match can be watched below.
According to Jason Le Miere of International Business Times, the matchup between Brazil and Colombia will be "potentially crucial," given both teams' performance in the 2014 World Cup. During that event, Brazil suffered a humiliating defeat to Germany 7-1 on home soil.
"Former coach Dunga was a surprise and largely unpopular replacement for Luiz Felipe Scolari, but so far the former no-thrills World Cup winning midfielder has delivered a perfect set of results," Miere wrote.
Miere added that Dunga led Brazil to success against Peru 2-1 during their Copa America debut on Sunday.
"Brazil showed some edginess in Temuco, but they also provided further signs that they will be far less fragile under Dunga's leadership," Miere said. "And they ultimately prevailed thanks to a sensational pass from Neymar to set up substitute Douglas Costa in injury time."
Miere elaborated on Dunga's strategy against Peru. He noted that some issues that led to Brazil's defeat in the World Cup still remained.
"Although Dunga has introduced Atlético Madrid's Miranda into the center of defense, he has surprisingly done so at the expense of Thiago Silva," Miere wrote. "That means one of the prime architects of the Mineirazo, David Luiz, remains. And so does his propensity for calamity, as was emphatically demonstrated by a mix up that led to Peru's opening goal after just three minutes."
Miere also observed that Brazil still heavily relied on Neymar's efforts on the field.
"The Barcelona star has flourished since being handed the captaincy and not only created Brazil's winning goal against Peru, but also scored the equalizer," Miere wrote. "With the functional Diego Tardelli in attack, supported by Fred -- not that one -- and Chelsea's industrious Willian, almost everything good Brazil did came through the 23-year-old Neymar."
As for Colombia, Miere highlighted that team's reliance on James Rodríguez. He rose to global fame during the country's best ever World Cup finish last year, which earned him a "big-money transfer to Real Madrid."
"He did so, though, following an injury that ruled out the country's biggest name, Radamel Falcao," Miere wrote. "Seen at the time as a disaster, Falcao's absence allowed Rodríguez to flourish at the heart of the team behind one central striker."
However, Miere reported that Falcao has been made team captain by Colombia coach José Pékerman. He even reinforced his star player by sending in striker Carlos Bacca in their game against Venezuela; however, Colombia surprisingly lost to that country.
"The pair offered precious little and Colombia slumped to a surprise defeat against their industrious and shrewd opponents," Miere wrote. "With little movement up front and a lack of passing quality behind him, Rodríguez struggled to make the impact Colombia require in order flourishing."
Based on his analysis, Miere predicted that the game would end in a 1-1 tie.
"Neymar's pace can certainly hurt a suspect Colombia defense, but Rodríguez could also flourish finding pockets of space in behind a Brazil midfield lacking a natural holding player," Miere wrote. "And Colombia's greater need for a positive result could help them emerge with a point."