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FORTALEZA Brazil (Reuters) - Brazil is under intense pressure to breathe life into their World Cup campaign and produce a performance worthy of champions when they face Colombia and their free-scoring midfielder James Rodriguez in Friday’s quarter-final.

After their labored win over Chile in a penalty shootout in their last match, the Brazilians have been berated by their fans and former players. Among them is none other than Zico, their great playmaker from the 1980s.

“The fact is that we are lacking a proper game plan,” he wrote in a column in British newspaper The Guardian.

“There is no more build-up from the back,” he complained, saying that against Chile the Brazilians “once again resorted to long balls to Neymar”.