The second presentation of the Colombian National Team is coming in the Copa América that is disputed in Brazil. The Tricolor combo will face his similar from Venezuela in the group stage of Zone B, a commitment that will take place at the Pedro Ludovico Teixeira Olympic Stadium in Goiânia.
The national set reaches this commitment as a favorite, because in his debut in the continental competition he achieved a victory by the smallest difference against Ecuador. For its part, the Venezuelan team fell 3-0 to local Brazil on the first date.
The same way, the most recent confrontation between both teams for the World Cup Qualifiers ended in favor of the Colombian cast, which under the direction of Carlos Queiroz and with goals from Duván Zapata and Luis Fernando Muriel (x2) achieved his first victory in his quest to qualify for Qatar 2022.
Now, with the leadership of Reinaldo Rueda, wants to maintain his positive streak and continue undefeated at the command of the Valle del Cauca coach, which adds a victory against Peru, a draw against Argentina and another victory against Ecuador.
What’s more, The National Team wants to add another three points that allow it to continue at the top of the table of Group B positions and can get closer to qualifying for the next round of the championship.
In the last 20 years, both teams have met in 18 matches distributed in friendly games, World Cup qualifiers and America’s Cup. Colombia won seven, tied six and lost five. In addition, he scored 18 goals and received 12.
Before the game, coach Reinaldo Rueda indicated how difficult it will be to face an opponent who has excellent players and can at any moment harm the national team. “Starting by winning a short tournament is always good, if you assimilate well. It will be a very difficult match. They have players of a very good level for what has been shown in their clubs and in the Eliminatory. We will face the game with the same intensity, “said the DT.
For its part, Venezuela reported an outbreak due to infections in 12 members of the delegation and will not be able to count on some of its pieces in the starting eleven, so its coach had to incorporate defender José Manuel Velásquez, a player from FC Arouca de Portugal.
Colombia: David Ospina; Daniel Muñoz, Yerry Mina, Davinson Sánchez, William Tesillo; Juan Cuadrado, Wilmar Barrios, Matheus Uribe, Edwin Cardona; Luis Muriel and Duván Zapata.
Venezuela: Joel Graterol; Alexander González, Francisco La Mantia, Jhoan Cumaná, Adrián Martínez; Luis Mago, Bernaldo Manzano, José Martínez; Junior Moreno, Cristian Cásseres Jr, John Murillo.