Luis Suarez will play again this Saturday with Uruguay before the Selection of Colombia, a rival with whom he has a very favorable personal streak and that he will seek to extend in Brasilia. In this match for the Quarterfinals of the Brazil America’s Cup, the forward will try to remain undefeated against the team he faced in his debut with the light blue jersey.
The statistics of DataFactory they are forceful: “Suárez never lost to Colombia after 7 matches (5PG-2PE) with 4 goals (Friendly 2008, and Qualifiers for South Africa 2010, Russia 2018 and Qatar 2022)”.
And the detail of that history presents curious anecdotes, such as the one that includes the forward’s first game with his national team at the senior level coincides with the debut of David Ospina in the coffee team.
That first match was played on February 7, 2007 at the General Santander stadium in Cúcuta. That friendly, where the local team coach was Jorge Luis Pinto and Maestro Tabárez was already on the visit, started in the best possible way for Celeste, given that at minute 16 Suárez received a great pass from Gonzalo Vargas that left him hand hand in hand with goalkeeper captain Miguel Calero.
The Salta, who used in that match the number 10 shirt, eluded the Colombian goalkeeper and received the infraction inside the area. Colombian referee Jorge Hoyos expelled Calero and led to the sudden entry of David Ospina, who at 18 and still a goalkeeper for Atlético Nacional entered for David Ferreira to have his first minutes in the Colombian National Team.
Sebastián Abreu finished off the penalty and put the 1-0 for the visit, which would later stretch the score thanks to another penalty goal by Loco at minute 60 (the infraction in the area was on Abreu after a great assist from Suárez’s cue) ) and Vargas’s great shot at 73 ‘. Colombia would discount with Hugo Rodallega’s shot at 83 ‘.
Not everything would be favorable for Suárez in his debut, since he would be expelled at 85 ‘due to protests to the match referee. The young forward feared that this red card could be lapidary in his future with Celeste, knowing the importance that Tabárez gives to the conduct of his players. However, the Master showed, as on other occasions, that he believes in second chances and Suárez was able to write his great history with Celeste, today he is his top scorer, and he faced Colombia again a year later in another friendly, but played at the Centenario Stadium in Montevideo.
Curiously, in that second game he played against the coffee growers, Suárez scored his first goal with the Uruguayan National Team. The visit won 2 to 0 thanks to goals from Edixon Perea (23 ‘and 72’), but the Uruguayan team managed to discount at 77 ‘with both Edinson Cavani (who made his debut with Celeste that night, and therefore also scored his first goal) and reached the final 2-2 with the definition of Suárez at 85 ‘after a great pass from Walter Gargano. The Colombian goalkeeper on that occasion was Agustín Julio, goalkeeper in the next two times where Suárez faced this team.
Suárez’s third match against Colombia was official: for the Qualifiers towards South Africa 2010, these two teams met at the Campín de Bogotá on September 6, 2008 and the Tabárez team won 1 to 0 with a goal from Sebastián Eguren. The forward was replaced at 67 ‘by Vicente Sánchez.
A year later, in the second round of those Qualifiers, Celeste obtained a fundamental triumph 3 to 1 in the Centenario with goals from Suárez (6 ‘), Andrés Scotti (63’) and Sebastián Eguren (87 ‘). Colombia had temporarily tied at 63 ‘with the goal of Jackson Martínez, who took advantage of Juan Castillo’s error that would determine that for the next match of the celeste, and until now, the new starting goalkeeper was Fernando Muslera.
On September 10, 2013, Suárez faced the Colombian team again (already led by José Pekerman) on the way to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. La Celeste, who that night at the Centennial had the debut of Josema Giménez, won 2 to 0 with goals from Edinson Cavani and Cristhian Stuani.
In the following clash between Orientals and coffee growers, Suárez’s most transcendent absence was produced in the Uruguayan National Team: for the Eighth finals of the 2014 World Cup, the striker could not be against Colombia at the Maracana after being suspended for biting Italian Giorgio Chiellini. The Colombian cast won 2 to 0 with the double of James Rodríguez.
By October 2015, for the date two of the Qualifiers towards Russia 2018, Suárez was still suspended so he was not in the Celeste 3-0 victory against Colombia in the Centennial. The Salta striker was able to play again against the coffee growers on October 11, 2016, scoring a goal in the 2-2 draw in Barranquilla for the tenth stage of the South American qualifiers.
Suárez’s seventh confrontation against Colombia took place on November 13, 2020, on date 3 of the Qatar 2022 Qualifiers. The striker scored 2-0 at 53 ‘, defeating goalkeeper captain David Ospina from a penalty and being substituted sixteen minutes later by Jonathan Rodríguez. La Celeste would obtain its first official victory in Barranquilla in its history, winning 3-0.
Total, Suárez has converted four goals to Colombia in 581 minutes, facing three different goalkeepers: Miguel Calero (in the first 16 ‘of the forward’s celestial debut), Agustín Julio in three games (where the Uruguayan scored twice) and Ospina (whom Suárez faced in four games, beating him twice). This Saturday, Salta will play for the first time against Colombia for a Copa América.