The Colombia National Team you will receive your like from Brazil in the Metropolitan of Barranquilla and will seek to give the great blow of the Qualifying rounds to get closer to the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualification. The Brazilians are leaders of the qualifiers, undefeated and with a perfect score of 27 points, while the Colombians, who have had to go back rowing after a bad start, are fifth with 14 points.
La Tricolor comes from getting a point as a visitor after drawing 0-0 against Uruguay, while Canarinha took the victory against Venezuela also at home thanks to a comeback of 1-3. The two teams recently met in the group stage of the Copa América disputed in Brazilian lands. That day Colombia had an outstanding game and he had the triumph in his hands until minute 78 ‘, since he had started winning early with a goal from Luis Díaz, but then the controversy came after the performance of the referee Pitana who validated the tie of Roberto Firmino and already in the last play of the match the local got the 2-1 victory after a goal from Casemiro.
For the meeting on October 10, the game will once again be directed by an Argentine judge. The whistle will be in charge of the Argentine Patricio Loustau.
Colombia is urged for a good result against Brazil to breathe in the Qualifiers standings. The game corresponding to date 5 and that brings the Tricolor calendar up to date in qualifying, is vital before the advanced of Paraguay and Peru who have 12 and 11 points respectively behind those led by Reinaldo Rueda.
The last time that Colombians and Brazilians met for Qualifying was in 2017 by date 16 and also had the Metropolitan as stage. In that game the visit began winning thanks to a goal from Willian, but then came a masterful play that James Rodríguez started with a cue, the ’10’ served for Arias who crossed and then El Tigre Falcao with a spectacular header decreed the 1- 1 end.
Colombia’s last triumph over Brazil dates from 2015 and was for the Copa América, when they beat it thanks to a goal from Jeison Murillo. It is worth remembering that by qualifying the Tricolor has never managed to beat Canarinha.
Colombia reaches the meeting with the great drop in its payroll of the experienced winger Juan Guillermo Cuadrado, who loses the game after accumulating two yellow cards. In the duel against the Uruguayans, the Juventus player saw the warning after a hard foul on Matías Viña. Brazil for its part will have the return of Neymar to his formation after his absence due to suspension against Venezuela.
Although it cannot be confirmed, it is expected that Reinaldo Rueda will use Juan Fernando Quintero as a replacement for Cuadrado in the initial formation.. The midfielder had an outstanding performance in the last home win of the team against Chile and would have won the position. Colombia’s scheme against Brazil could change and it is possible that the coach thinks of playing with three front-line midfielders and moving to a single forward.
Reinaldo Rueda has not yet lost in the Qualifiers since he took over as DT of Colombia. With him the team beat Peru, drew with Argentina, drew with Bolivia, did the same with Paraguay, defeated Chile and recently got another equality against Uruguay.
The DT at a press conference referred to the meeting: “We have worked on the absence of Cuadrado from a theoretical point of view. We have several alternatives. It is difficult to find the hierarchy that Juan Guillermo gives us (…) The big question is the replacement of Cuadrado. The player who replaces him must interpret the moments of the game well, with their responsibilities and duties “(…) Undoubtedly the match in the Copa América is a reference. Brazil loses Casemiro, we will see who replaces him. It is a very stable team with great individualities (…) We are aware of the great kindness of our rival, when we all enter a field we do it to win, but we must have balance emotionally, strategically (…) From the start of Qualifying, the idea is to add. “We are trying to recover the points we lost at home. The disposition and the mentality is to add the three points.”
Colombia: Ospina; Muñoz, Mina, Cuesta, Mojica; Barrios, Matheus, Lerma; Quintero, Díaz and Falcao.
Brazil: Allison; Danilo, Marquinhos, Militao, Guilherme Arana; Fabinho, Gerson, Paquetá, Everton; Neymar and Gabriel Barbosa.