Football: Brazil Look To Jesus In Colombia Grudge Match

Football: Brazil look to Jesus in Colombia grudge match

SAO PAULO, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News -6th Sep,2016) - A resurgent Brazil buoyed by the sparkling form of teenager Gabriel Jesus face Colombia on Tuesday as the latest instalment of an increasingly bitter rivalry takes centre stage in South America's 2018 World Cup qualifying race.

Brazil head into Tuesday's game in the heart of the Amazon brimming with confidence after a 3-0 victory over Ecuador last Thursday -- their first ever qualifying win in Quito. That win came hard on the heels of Brazil's triumph in the Olympic Games last month, when a team led by Barcelona superstar Neymar won the country's first football gold medal -- the only title to elude the five-time world champions.

The feelgood factor from that win spilled into the trip to Ecuador, with Jesus -- who signed for English Premier League side Manchester City in August -- giving Brazil another reason to be cheerful.

Jesus, still only 19, scored twice and won a penalty in a dazzling individual display that eased the attacking burden which has invariably been the Primary responsibility of Neymar in recent years.

The form of Jesus was widely applauded across Brazil, although legendary midfield Tostao, a veteran of the 1970 World Cup-winning side, sounded a note of caution. "Let's not get euphoric," Tostao wrote in his column for the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper. "Could Brazil now have an exceptional center forward in Gabriel Jesus? I hope so.