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

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

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

"The matches against Colombia are very tough, they have a very good team," Scolari said Thursday. "But it's different. It's a different type of rivalry. When we don't have this war atmosphere, our players feel more at ease. Teams like Argentina, Uruguay and Chile don't let that happen."

Brazil struggled against Chile and was never able to impose its game. After a 1-1 draw, the tournament hosts needed a great performance by goalkeeper Julio Cesar in the penalty shootout to keep alive their hopes of a sixth world title.

The Colombian team has been thriving at the World Cup with an upbeat style that is both thrilling and effective. While Brazil won two of its three group games and needed a shootout to advance from the second round, the Colombians had no difficulty beating their first four opponents.

"I like to watch Colombia play. It's a very organized team, has tactical discipline and a lot of quality," Scolari said. "But they play just like our team plays. There's nothing different. And we know that we have some qualities that may cause some damage to them."


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Led by exciting young playmaker James Rodriguez, Colombia has already scored 11 goals, just one fewer than the Netherlands, the tournament's top-scoring team.

Colombia has beaten Brazil only twice -- the last time in the 1991 Copa America -- but the teams have drawn the last four head-to-head meetings, most recently in a 2012 friendly.

Fatal overpass collapse: An overpass under construction collapsed in the host city of Belo Horizonte, killing at least two people and trapping a commuter bus, two construction trucks and a car. At least 22 people were listed as injured along with the two deaths, Brazilian officials said. There no word on whether foreign tourists were among those killed or injured.

Authorities didn't think the casualty numbers would rise too sharply -- though they said they had not yet reached a small passenger car that was flattened by the falling overpass.

Ticket scalping: Brazilian police who are investigating ticket scalping at the World Cup say that "someone from FIFA" is a source of tickets being resold for many times the face value.

Rio de Janeiro police Inspector Fabio Barucke said the person under investigation was staying at Rio's Copacabana Palace Hotel where some of FIFA's highly-ranked officials and MATCH Hospitality, which holds the rights to the World Cup hospitality program, are based.

Barucke confirmed 11 people were arrested earlier in the week, including Mohamadou Lamine Fofana, an Algerian man previously thought to be the ringleader of the scalping operation.