The fight for the bronze medal appears to be a delightful clash, as Peru’s losers will face Colombia in the 2021 Copa América third-place match at the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia on Friday.
Brazil and Argentina will contest FINAL🏆, in Colombia 🇨🇴 and Peru 🇵🇪 will contest or Third and Fourth places 👏 pic.twitter.com/N7zRJhlV0Q
– Copa América (@CopaAmerica) July 7, 2021
Peru has been a surprise package in this edition of the Copa América and has exceeded its weights to reach the semifinals. Their campaign began with a 4-0 beating at the hands of Brazil, but since then they have remained undefeated, defeating teams such as Colombia and Venezuela, and maintaining their strength against Ecuador in the group stage.
In the quarterfinals against Paraguay, they were able to hold their nerves in the penalty shootout and prevailed 4-3 on penalties, but were unable to replicate the same in the semifinal against the defending champions Brazil as they succumbed to a 1 loss. -0. on Monday.
⏱️ End of the match at the Nilton Santos Stadium
– Peruvian Selection 🇵🇪 (@SeleccionPeru) July 6, 2021
On the other hand, Colombia had started the tournament on a good note, as they recorded a win and a draw against Ecuador and Venezuela respectively, but finished the group stage on a sour note with two losses at the hands of Peru and Brazil.
They rallied to defeat Uruguay’s heavyweights on penalties in the quarterfinals, but failed to replicate the same against favorites Argentina, losing the game 3-2 on penalties, with the score 1-1 in the extension.
Penalties: Cardona missed it. The penalty shoot-out ends. Argentina qualified
– Colombia Selection (@FCFSeleccionCol) July 7, 2021
In the previous match between these two teams in the group stage, Peru recorded a 2-1 victory, with goals from Sergio Peña and Yerry Mina on both sides of the penalty from Miguel Borja of Colombia that made the difference, and coach Ricardo Gareca will wait for his men to do it. They continue their impressive run that they showed in this accessory.
Ricardo Gareca and Peru will be happy that Alexander Callens, who had suffered a thigh injury in his game against Ecuador, has returned against Brazil and played for the full 90 minutes. Additionally, forward Andre Carrillo is set to return to the starting lineup after missing the semifinal due to a one-game suspension.
Ricardo Gareca, manager of Peru. (Image courtesy: FIFA / Website)
Although Gareca had prepared his team in a 5-4-1 against Brazil, he will most likely return to his proven 4-2-3-1 against Colombia on Friday.
Possible starting lineup of Peru:
Gallese; Corzo, Callens, Santamaria, Trauco; Tapia, Yotun; Carrillo, Pena, Cueva; Lapadula
Like Peru, 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.
Reinaldo Rueda, manager of Colombia. (Image courtesy: AS / Website)
In recent games, Rueda has placed the team on the 4-4-2 standard, and will most likely follow through with the same formation in the match for third place.
Possible starting lineup of Colombia:
Ospina; Medina, Mina, Sánchez, Tesillo; Square, Cuéllar, Barrios, Dias; Shoe, Erase
For Peru, although the goal depends on Gianluca Lapadula, everything has to go through his talented winger Andre Carrillo. The 30-year-old, who plays for Al-Hilal in the Saudi Professional League, is the star player of this Peruvian team, and his absence in Monday’s game against Brazil was greatly felt as the Peruvian attack was so tame.
Carrillo’s absence was felt in the semifinal against Brazil and will be key in the game against Colombia on Friday. (Image courtesy: Andre Carrillo / Instagram)
Having scored two goals and two assists, Carrillo will be his coach’s main focal point, as he hopes wingers Christian Cueva and Sergio Peña will step up and help Peru to third place.
In the absence of James Rodríguez, Juan Cuadrado had assumed the role of Colombia’s star player. But little by little that responsibility has been assumed by Luis Díaz, who entered the team after missing the first two games of the group stage and has scored twice for Colombia, including the draw against Argentina in the semifinal that went to penalties. .
🔎 | FOCUS
Despite the fact that Colombia lost, Luis Díaz was fantastic today:
👌 66 touches
⚽️ 1 goal
🥅 3 shots / 2 on target
🔑 2 key passes
💨 11/16 succ. haggle (most)
⚔️ 20/28 duels won (essential)
🤕 6 fouls suffered (the majority)
❌ 3 tickets
📈 8.4 SofaScore rating#America Cup #ARGCOL pic.twitter.com/6JAr5ar6Cs
– SofaScore (@SofaScoreINT) July 7, 2021
Reinaldo Rueda expects the Porto winger to continue this impressive form in the game on Friday, while also wanting his other attackers to have a greater impact and help the nation to achieve the bronze medal.
Given that both teams have reached the semi-finals and the subsequent third-place match on their own merits, it’s difficult to pick a winner from these two sides.
Although Colombia is more talented than Peru, the Blanquirroja is not the usual minnow and their victory against the Tricolor in the group stage could have a psychological impact on both sides. The return of André Carrillo will be fundamental for Peru, hence FootTheBall says, Peru 2-1 Colombia.