The Colombia National Team debuts in America Cup today Sunday June 13 before his similar Ecuador at stake that will take place at the Arena Pantanal de Cuiabá. The Tricolor arrives to the game after the football reaction that meant obtaining the four points obtained in the Qualifiers and your temporary position in playoff position in the leaderboard.
Led now by Reinaldo Rueda, the team seems to have regained confidence and proof of this were the results against Peru and Argentina, however, he will have the team in charge who gave him his last bitterness and who incidentally plunged him into a crisis from which so far it seems to be starting to come out.
Ecuador beat Colombia 6-1 in Quito for the fourth date of the Conmebol Qualifiers towards the end of the previous year and beyond the bulky scoreboard, constituted a crisis in the Tricolor that ended in the departure of coach Carlos Queiroz and some versions that indicated problems and division among Colombian players.
That day the Colombian team had a really bad time, he came after a hard fall at home against Uruguay and then at home he had to endure the Ecuadorian advance that had great protagonists such as Ángel Israel Mena, Robert Arboleda, Xavier Arriaga and Pervis Estupiñan, among others.
Undoubtedly now the team led by Rueda will have to take measures to stop the onslaught of Ecuador taking that meeting into account. Colombia will not have the author of the only goal that he scored that day, James Rodríguez was not part of Reinaldo’s call for the Copa América and the relationship between both parties seems broken after differences between the statements that were made public and some harsh statements by the Everton midfielder in which He expresses his frustration at not being able to play the continental tournament and in which, according to him, he was “disrespected”.
Those who could repeat the starter of the difficult day in Quito would be Davinson Sánchez, Juan Guillermo Cuadrado, Jefferson Lerma, Matheus Uribe, Luis Díaz and Duván Zapata. From the substitute bench, they entered that day and could also repeat: Luis Muriel, Wilmar Barrios and Edwin Cardona.
From that day the Selection would vary a lot taking into account what it showed with the first two games in the second cycle of the Rueda era. Ospina did not suffer the terrible win, it was Vargas who had to endure the six goals, Mina who was not present in the headline either, Medina and Tesillo would arrive at the sides instead of Mojica and Orejuela who had a bad time in Quito and Barrios would replace Lerma that he was also in that game and now at the last minute he was disaffected from the National Team for personal problems. Later, the absence of James would be replaced by Reinaldo with the inclusion of Luis Díaz as a left winger.
Reinaldo Rueda in a press conference prior to the game against the Ecuadorians praised the virtues and evolution of the rival: “Ecuador has grown a lot. It is a very competitive selection (…) It has the virtues of doing vertical soccer with great speed (…) Ecuadorian soccer undoubtedly has a special stamp, with players who are in good shape at their clubs ”.
Gustavo Alfaro also spoke before the match: “Ecuador is prepared to play against any rival and under any circumstance (…) The National Team that we are going to face is one that has recovered its self-esteem, its forms and intensity. Has returned one of the best as it has been in the last two World Cups”.
The Data: Colombia’s first victory in the Copa América and the first points were achieved in 1945 after beating Ecuador 3-1 on the fifth matchday.
Colombia: David Ospina, Stefan Medina, Yerry Mina, Dávinson Sánchez, William Tesillo, Wilmar Barrios, Matheus Uribe, Juan Guillermo Cuadrado, Luis Díaz, Luis Muriel and Duván Zapata.
Ecuador: Pedro Ortíz Xavier Arreaga, Pervis Estupiñán, Piero Hincapié, Angelo Preciado, Christian Noboa, Alan Franco, Damián Díaz, Gonzalo Plata Leonardo Campana and Enner Valencia.