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World Cup host Brazil expects fewer difficulties in quarterfinal match against Colombia

  • Brazil's coach Luiz Felipe Scolari gestures as he arrives for a training session in Fortaleza, Brazil, Thursday, July 3, 2014. Brazil will face Colombia on Friday in a quarterfinal soccer match at the World Cup. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

    Brazil's coach Luiz Felipe Scolari gestures as he arrives for a training session in Fortaleza, Brazil, Thursday, July 3, 2014. Brazil will face Colombia on Friday in a quarterfinal soccer match at the World Cup. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)  (The Associated Press)

  • Brazil's Neymar gestures during a training session in Fortaleza, Brazil, Thursday, July 3, 2014. Brazil will face Colombia on Friday in a quarterfinal soccer match at the World Cup. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

    Brazil's Neymar gestures during a training session in Fortaleza, Brazil, Thursday, July 3, 2014. Brazil will face Colombia on Friday in a quarterfinal soccer match at the World Cup. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)  (The Associated Press)

  • Brazil's Neymar, left, Marcelo, center, and David Luiz joke during a training session in Fortaleza, Brazil, Thursday, July 3, 2014. Brazil will face Colombia on Friday in a quarterfinal soccer match at the World Cup. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

    Brazil's Neymar, left, Marcelo, center, and David Luiz joke during a training session in Fortaleza, Brazil, Thursday, July 3, 2014. Brazil will face Colombia on Friday in a quarterfinal soccer match at the World Cup. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)  (The Associated Press)

Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari says Brazil may be at an advantage by playing in the World Cup quarterfinals against a Colombia team that likes to attack often.

Scolari says he knows it will be a very tough match on Friday, but expects Brazil to face fewer difficulties than it did in the second-round game against a feisty and more defensive-minded Chilean team.

He says Brazil players will likely have more space and will "feel more at ease" this time.

The Brazilian coach said he doesn't expect "a war" against Colombia, unlike something he'd expect more against other South American rivals such as Uruguay and Argentina.

Scolari says "we know that we have some qualities that may cause some damage to them."