With the group stage over and teams preparing earnestly for the next round, let us take a look at the standout Eleven so far in the world Cup. GOALKEEPER – Schmeichel KEY STATS Saves per MATCH – 4.0 Clean sheet – 2 Conceded – 1 CENTRAL DEFENDER – Godin KEY STATS Tackles – 8 (50%}
Radamel Falcao expressed his delight after earning a recall to the Colombia squad for this month’s World Cup qualifiers against Chile and Argentina. The Monaco striker, who scored his first goals in the Champions League in six years in his side’s 3-0 win over CSKA Moscow on Wednesday, has been included in Jose Pekerman’s squad
Carlos Bacca and James Rodriguez had penalties saved but Colombia overcame struggling nine-man Venezuela 2-0 in a World Cup 2018 qualifier at the Estadio Metropolitano. James ensured Colombia took an advantage into the interval, slotting home from the edge of the box in the second minute of first-half stoppage time. Colombia’s onslaught continued after the
Following unsuccessful semi-final fixtures, Carlos Bacca scored the only goal of the match in the 31st minute in Arizona as Colombia recorded their best performance at the Copa America since they won South America’s premier tournament in 2001. Bacca netted his 13th international goal after scrambling the ball into the net from close range
Juan Antonio Pizzi was forced into two changes from Chile’s big win over Mexico in the quarter-finals, with the suspended Arturo Vidal and injured Marcelo Diaz replaced by Pablo Hernandez and Francisco Silva in the midfield. Former Spain international Pizzi also decided to bring in Mauricio Isla, with Fuenzalida pushed forward in place of Edson
After resting several of his stars for their final group game against Costa Rica, Colombia coach Jose Pekerman named his strongest line-up against Peru, with the likes of James, Cuadrado, Carlos Bacca and Ospina all returning. Peru coach Ricardo Gareca, meanwhile, only made the one change, with Renato Tapia coming in for Adan Balbin. A
James Rodriguez gets more support when playing for Colombia than he does at Real Madrid, according to Carlos Bacca. After a strong debut season at the Santiago Bernabeu in 2014-15, James found game time limited under Rafael Benitez at the start of last term. The midfielder was given more opportunities following Zinedine Zidane’s appointment in
Colombia coach Jose Pekerman believes the nation have earned the respect of teams worldwide as they prepare for a Copa America Centenario quarter-final against Peru. Pekerman led his team to the last eight at the World Cup in 2014 and Copa quarter-finals in Chile last year, and they are looking to go a step further.