Colombia vs Brazil H2H: Selecao turn to Vinicius Jr in Neymar’s absence

Colombia face Brazil on Friday 17th November in a 2026 World Cup qualifying match. Both sides have done okay so far in qualifying and sit inside the top six which is where they will need to be in 2025 if they want to play at the next World Cup in the USA, Canada and Mexico. Brazil have several injury concerns coming into the match which should spur Colombia on as they look to record a famous victory. The match will take place at the Roberto Melendez Metropolitan Stadium with kick-off scheduled for 00:00 UK time.

Colombia vs Brazil H2H
Lucas Paqueta battles with Wilmas Barrios of Colombia – Photo by Icon sport

Colombia vs Brazil H2H Record

Colombia vs Brazil is a fixture that the Brazilians have enjoyed over the course of history. They have played each other 35 times in the past with Colombia only coming out on top on three occasions. Two of those victories came in the Copa America while the other was in a friendly match.

  • Colombia Wins: 3
  • Draws: 11
  • Brazil Wins: 21

While Brazil have dominant H2H records against most teams, their record against Colombia makes for particularly ugly viewing if you are Colombian. They have just one win against Brazil in their last 21 meetings in a run that stretches back to 1991. If they do manage to overcome Fernando Diniz's men on Friday then it will be party time in Bogota.

Marquinhos will start at the heart of the Brazil defence against Colombia – Photo by Icon Sport

The last five Colombia vs Brazil H2Hs

The last five matches between Colombia and Brazil have been a combination of World Cup qualifiers, Copa America clashes and friendly matches. Brazil are unbeaten over this stretch with two victories and three draws.

Colombia 1-1 Brazil – 5th September 2017

A year out from the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Colombia faced Brazil in Barranquilla with Brazil's place at the tournament already booked. Colombia, on the other hand, were in almighty scrap to finish inside the qualifying positions. Radamel Falcao gave the home team the lead before Willian levelled the scores on the stroke of half time. Eventually, Colombia would finish fourth and qualify for the World Cup.

Brazil 2-2 Colombia – 6th September 2019

In September 2019, Brazil faced Colombia in an international friendly. Both teams used the match to rotate players but it was familiar faces who ended up getting on the scoresheet. Casemiro gave Brazil the lead before a double from Luis Muriel put Colombia ahead in the match. Neymar made the score 2-2 and despite a frantic finish, the match ended in a draw.

Brazil 2-1 Colombia – 23rd June 2021

Brazil and Colombia faced off in a thrilling group stage match at the 2021 Copa America in Brazil. Once again, Colombia found themselves ahead in the game when Luis Diaz scored the first goal of the game in the tenth minute and they led right up until the 78th minute when Roberto Firmino made it 1-1. Then, in the ninth minute of stoppage time, Casemiro won the match in dramatic fashion for the hosts.

Colombia 0-0 Brazil – 10th October 2021

One of the most boring Colombia vs Brazil matches in recent memory came in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers. In October 2021, the two teams played each other in Barranquilla in what transpired to be a dull affair and both teams were happy not to lose.

Brazil 1-0 Colombia – 11th November 2021

A month after their drab encounter in Colombia, the two sides faced off against each other in Brazil. In truth, this one was only marginally better than the aforementioned clash with Colombia offering very little throughout the match. Brazil eventually got the win thanks to a goal from Lucas Paqueta which helped them on their way to qualification while Colombia missed out.

Colombia vs Brazil last time out
Colombia vs Brazil last time out – Photo by Icon sport

Colombia vs Brazil H2H: Potential MVP

Last month, Neymar suffered a serious ACL injury during Brazil's match with Uruguay which will keep the ex-Barcelona forward out of action for the remainder of the season. There are doubts about whether he will be fit for next summer's Copa America which means Brazil are in need of a new talisman.

The obvious choice to fill that void is Real Madrid's Vinicius Jr who has established himself as one of the best wingers in world football in recent years. Vinicius has six goals and three assists to his name so far this season for Real Madrid. The forward has never scored a goal against Colombia before and hasn't scored for his country since June. The time is now for him to step up and show his club form for Brazil.

Vinicius Jr
Vinicius Jr could be the star of the show – Photo by Icon Sport

Colombia vs Brazil H2H – Key trend

Colombia have never beaten Brazil before in a World Cup qualifying match but they may never have a better opportunity than Friday night. They are unbeaten so far in qualifying while Brazil lost last time out to Uruguay – the first time they'd lost to them in more than 20 years. What's more, Brazil are without two key players in Casemiro and Neymar so perhaps the stars are aligning for the Colombians. We are going for a draw with under 2.5 goals.

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Andy Delaney

Andy is a freelance Sports Journalist with ten years of experience covering football in the United Kingdom and abroad for various publications including the Manchester Evening News, UtdReport and Football Whispers. Andy also has a keen interest in basketball, cricket, golf and tennis and has covered major sporting events such as the Masters in Augusta.