Brazil and Colombia were clearly the two best teams during group play and will now face off in the 2013 Toulon Tournament final. The Canarinha seek their seventh championship in the event while the Cafeteros hope to capture their fourth.
In Group B, Brazil won three of its four matches and drew the other to finish with 10 points and a plus-four goal differential, both tops in the group. One of the victories was a 1-0 triumph over defending champion Mexico.
Colombia were even more dominant, winning all four of its Group A matches, but the level of competition wasn't equal to what Brazil faced. With that being said, the Cafeteros did score an important win over France, the most successful country in tournament history.
All told, it should be a tremendous championship matchup between the South American rivals, with the stars of tomorrow in the spotlight. Let's take a glance at all the key information for the clash, followed by a preview and title prediction.
Where: Stade du Ray in Nice, France
When: Saturday, June 8 at 11:30 a.m. ET
Watch: beIN Sport
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Brazil ranks second in Toulon Tournament championships with six, five behind France. More amazingly, the Canarinha have won the title every time they reached the finals. This year's group hopes to keep that winning streak alive against Colombia.
The most impressive aspect of their run so far has been the great work in the defensive third. There were no pushover sides in Group B. All four opponents poised a legitimate threat to the Brazilian back line, which handled the pressure well and gave up just two goals.
At the under-20 level, there are normally more lapses at the back, as illustrated by the fact every other team in the group gave up at least five goals. It speaks very highly to the play of Lucas Farias and his fellow defenders.
The Canarinha have relied on a multidimensional attack. Four different players have chipped in to score the six goals. Vinicius Araujo and Yuri Mamute have two apiece. Head coach Alexandre Gallo hopes somebody is ready to rise to the occasion in the final.
Colombia is just two years removed from its last Toulon title. It speaks well to the country's player development at the youth level. Beating a close rival like Brazil for the title would make a statement, even though the event isn't as big as the under-20 World Cup, which starts later in the month.
The biggest question mark for the Cafeteros is how they will perform against tougher competition. They won just one match by more than one goal while playing in the weaker group. Interestingly, that came in their toughest test against France (3-1).
Like Brazil, Colombia has two different players with a pair of goals in the tourney in Jherson Vergara and Miguel Borja. But perhaps the most dangerous offensive weapon on the roster is Andres Renteria, who scored against France.
Ultimately, this should be a very competitive match. Colombia has won every match it played, but Brazil has also played well and is battle-tested after surviving a tough group. It should give the Canarinha a slight advantage en route to the title.
Brazil 2, Colombia 1
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