If the basic ingredients for a thrill-filled match between Colombia and Uruguay this Saturday (28 June) in the Maracanã were all on the table, the duel now gains extra heat with the suspension of Uruguayan striker Luis Suárez, who has been banned from the tournament and has already returned home.
Colombia arrives at the knockout stage with a 100% record, having beat Greece (3-0), Ivory Coast (2-1) and Japan (4-1) at the group phase.
Uruguay's qualification was a harder-fought affair. The Celeste qualified in second place in Group D after losing to Costa Rica (3-1) at the debut and bouncing back with wins over England (2-1) and Italy (1-0).
Uruguay and Colombia have only faced off once in World Cups. The match took place in the group phase of the 1962 World Cup in Chile, with the Uruguayans emerging victorious (2 x 1).
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Brazil vs. Chile on screen at the Maracanã
The Seleção will only play in the fabled Rio arena if it reaches the final, but fans at the Maracanã this Saturday will be able to watch Brazil vs Chile in the four screens installed in the stadium. Anticipating that many fans who bought tickets for the Maracanã will want to watch the Brazil match (which ends around 3 PM if there is no overtime or penalty shootouts) before going to the Maracanã, the organizers have decided to broadcast the Brazil game (which will be held on the Mineirão, in Belo Horizonte) on the Maracanã's big screens. The gates of the Rio stadium will open at 12.30 PM to allow viewers to get inside in time for the match. The aim is to discourage the public from arriving at the last minute for Colombia vs. Uruguay.
As has been the case with all World Cup matches in Rio de Janeiro, the recommendation is to prioritize the use of public transport. Subway, trains and ferries will allow passengers to board for free beginning at 11 AM.
Ticketed fans who depart from the city's north and south zones may use lines 1 and 2 of the subway for free. Transfers between the two lines can be made at all stations in the section between the Central and Botafogo stations.
To facilitate travel to the stadium, fans should choose the station to disembark according to their specific gate of entry - there are signs with information in the subway system itself. All the stations are within a ten-minute walk from the stadium, and the route will be marked with signs installed by the city.
Those with tickets for entry through gates A (blue tickets), B and C (yellow tickets) must disembark at the Maracanã station - where there is an integration station for the metropolitan train system. The São Cristóvão station is the best for those who will need to enter through gates E and F (green). Fans accessing the stadium through gate D (red) should disembark at the São Francisco Xavier station.
Fans leaving from the Tom Jobim International Airport (Galeão) or from the city's west zone can use the Transcarioca BRT to get to the Maracanã. There will be express buses leaving from the Alvorada terminal, from Barra da Tijuca, from the Fundão and from the airport. Passengers must disembark at the Vicente de Carvalho station and integrate with the subway (line 2) at the same location.
Those arriving at the Santos Dumont Airport on the day of the match can also catch a free bus to the Cinelândia station in the city center and take the subway to the arena.