Uruguay face Colombia in the quarterfinals of Copa America 2021 in Brasilia on Sunday. La Celeste finished second behind Group A toppers Argentina whereas the Cafeteros finished at 3rd place in Group B. After a lot of surprises and comebacks in the group stages, all eyes would be on the knockouts.
Both the sides have been less impressive as compared to the leader’s Brazil and Argentina, but have given a tough fight against them. However, Colombia were showing some moments of brilliance in the form of a wonder goal by Luis Diaz against ruthless Brazil.
Will experienced Uruguay conquer Colombia and go all the way to the title or will Colombia script a surprise for them?
Uruguay vs Colombia : Preview
Both the teams missed out on reaching the semifinals in 2019 and now, one of them have a chance to feature. However, Colombia won just once in their group and were unlucky against Brazil. Their major concern of course, is the inexperienced centre-backs who are yet to create an impact.
In contrast, Uruguay had won twice, drawn once and lost once in their group and have been enjoying a decent form. They depend upon the experience of veterans like Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani and Diego Godin.
Whereas, the Colombian stars like Luis Muriel and Duvan Zapata need to step up and would be the key players in this huge fixture. When both sides met on 2020, Uruguay were the comfortable 3-0 winners after goals from Cavani, Suarez and Darwin Nunez.
In 42 matches played between the two nations, Uruguay have 20 wins as compared to 13 wins by Colombia. The rest nine matches ended as draws.
Uruguay form : W W D L D D W W L D
Colombia form : L L D W D W W W D W
Uruguay vs Colombia : Team News
Oscar Tabarez led Uruguay have no injury issues and Luis Suarez would be pairing with Edinson Cavani as the deadly front two.
Similarly, Reinaldo Rueda’s Colombia also have no concerns and would be fielding his strongest playing 11.
Predicted Line-ups and Score
Uruguay would be mostly fielding their ideal 4-4-2 formation.
Whereas, Colombia might be playing with a 4-3-3 formation.
Predicted Score : Uruguay 2 – 3 Colombia
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