The saves by goalkeeper David Ospina prevented Brazil from scoring at the Barranquilla Metropolitan Stadium and Colombia stole the first points from the ‘Canarinha’ on the fifth day of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers that ended 0-0.
Reinaldo Rueda’s team withstood the onslaught of Brazil, supported by a brilliant Ospina, and even came close to taking all three points, something that was avoided twice by Allison Becker.
With this result, Tite’s team remains the leader with 28 points, while the coffee growers continue in fifth place with 15 points.
Although the hosts tried to impose conditions with their pressure in the first moments of the match, in which Juan Fernando Quintero had the first approach for Rueda’s team with a long-distance shot, the Brazilians took control soon.
Tite’s team, after enduring those difficult moments, began to dominate the game under the leadership of Neymar, who had the first clear with a right hand that Ospina blocked with a slap.
The Brazilians made pressure their best weapon to make the Colombians uncomfortable, especially on the left side in which Alex Sandro, Neymar and Lucas Paquetá were a headache for the local defense.
La Canarinha continued attacking and had another clear to score after side Johan Mojica made a wrong start and the ball was left to Neymar who filtered a pass to Paquetá who, in hand-to-hand, was uncomfortable and took a shot that passed near the left stick.
Fred also had the opportunity to score, who at 32 received only one ball in the central zone and launched a shot that went over Ospina’s horizontal.
Meanwhile, Colombia had many difficulties to get Falcao García and Luis Díaz, who looked very alone every time they received in the Brazilian field and were fighting all the time with Marquinhos and Eder Militao.
After five minutes of the complementary stage, Rueda sent Rafael Santos Borré and Matheus Uribe to the field for Lerma and Martínez, which allowed the local team to get out of the siege they suffered throughout the first half.
Along these lines, the first clear opportunity of the match for Colombia came at minute 63 on a wall that Uribe made with Falcao and ended with a shot from the midfielder that Allison saved.
The coffee team, led in attack by the Rayo Vallecano forward, continued to attack a Brazil that looked increasingly uncomfortable and had another opportunity to score with a left-footed shot from Quintero that demanded the Brazilian goalkeeper.
La Canarinha grew with the entry of Raphina, which made Mojica uncomfortable and gave freshness to Brazil’s attack. It was precisely the Leeds United player who had the first clear of Tite’s team in the second half with a long-distance shot that demanded Ospina, who stretched again to clear the ball.
Ospina’s best save came at 84 when Raphinha sent a cross that Antony received, alone and hand in hand, who could not celebrate because of the Colombian goalkeeper who sent the ball to the corner kick with a swat.