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Previous Cup 2021: Uruguay vs Colombia

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Uruguay’s heavyweight will face a struggling Colombia in the third quarterfinal match of the Copa América 2021, in what looks like an interesting clash on Saturday at the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia.

La Celeste comes to this game after what has been a mixed tournament for them so far. Their campaign started on a negative note with a loss to Argentina, but they scored their first points in a 1-1 draw against Chile, and that too with the help of an own goal from Arturo Vidal.

However, they bounced back with a 2-0 win over Bolivia on Thursday that secured them qualification for the knockout phase and a 1-0 win against Paraguay on Monday has given them some confidence heading into the quarter-finals.

Meanwhile, La Tricolor has had the opposite streak that Uruguay had in the group stage. Their tournament started on a good note with a victory over Ecuador, but cracks soon began to appear in this Colombian team that does not have its James Rodríguez talisman.

They held a draw after taking 10 men in the game against Venezuela and were defeated by Peru in a 2-1 match three days later. In need of confidence, they entered the game against Brazil with a full squad and led 1-0 until the 78th minute, but soon succumbed to a 2-1 loss when Selecao scored in the 10th minute of stoppage time through Casemiro. .


This is all good news in the Uruguayan camp, as there are no new injury problems and with the team on a five-day break, coach Oscar Tabárez will likely bring his star players back to the lineup on Saturday. A full team of 26 players is at the disposal of Tabárez, who has a lot of talent inside.

Possible starting lineup of Uruguay:

Muslera; Nandes, Giménez, Godin, Vina; Valverde, Torreira, Vecino, De La Cruz; Suarez, Cavani

Like Uruguay, Reinaldo Rueda and Colombia will be happy that there are no new injury problems but they are without Yairo Moreno, who he retired of the tournament after suffering a muscle injury during the first game of the tournament in Colombia.

Juan Cuadrado will be a big foul for Colombia on Saturday against Uruguay. (Image courtesy: Copa América / Website)

However, star player Juan Cuadrado will miss due to a one-game suspension after receiving two yellow cards in the group stage.

Possible starting lineup of Colombia:

Ospina; Medina, Mina, Sánchez, Tesillo; Barrios, Uribe; Zapata, Morelos, Dias; Borja


Uruguay is fortunate to have world-class center forwards such as Luis Suárez and Edinson Cavani. After his exploits with Atlético de Madrid in La Liga, in which he won the league title, Suárez was seen as the talisman of this Uruguayan team but after the second game against Chile, in which he scored a goal, he has not impressed with Cavani. assuming scoring responsibilities.


Fans will expect Edinson Cavani to continue his rich scoring with Uruguay on Saturday. (Image courtesy: BRAND / Website)

In the two games Uruguay won in the group stage, it was the Manchester United striker who opened the account for his team and continues to command the green at 34. Coach Oscar Tabárez will hope this form from Cavani continues while also expecting some support from his talented midfielders.

Until its suspension, most of Colombia’s random creation depended on Juan Cuadrado. With the Juventus player losing the quarterfinals, the mantle will fall on several other attackers, but responsibility must be borne by Duvan Zapata, who helped his Italian club Atalanta finish third in Serie A, with 24 goal contributions. to his credit.

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Duvan Zapata will be key for Colombia on Saturday against Uruguay. (Image courtesy: Copa América / Website)

Aside from Zapata, Rueda will also hope that forwards Miguel Borje and Alfredo Morelos will step up from the start or off the bench and help Colombia advance to the semi-finals with a win over Uruguay in the quarterfinals.


Although both teams are full of talent, Uruguay will surely have the upper hand in the game against Colombia as they look to bet on their winning streak.

Uruguay will want their offensive superstars to finish the job early, while Colombia must have the courage and determination and not make it easy for La Celeste, therefore, FootTheBall says, Uruguay 2-1 Colombia.

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