October 12 and 17 The Colombian team will once again have action in the Conmebol South American Qualifiers. The first obstacle in the double date of the qualifiers to the FIFA World Cup United States, United States, Mexico and Canada 2026it will be before Uruguaydirected by Marcelo Bielsa, at the Metropolitan Stadium in Barranquilla.
After the duel against the charrúas in the sandy, The Tricolor will have Ecuador in its sights in the always complicated height of Quito. For these two matches, Colombia will have several absentees due to injury, so Néstor Lorenzo had to figure out how to cover the regular players.
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- Alvaro Montero – Millonarios FC
- Camilo Vargas – Atlas
- Carlos Cuesta – Genk
- Cristian Borja – Braga
- Daniel Muñoz – Genk
- Davinson Sánchez – Galatasaray
- Deiver Machado – Lens
- Diego Valoyes – Juárez
- Frank Fabra – Boca Juniors
- James Rodriguez – Sao Paulo
- Jhon Arias – Fluminense
- Jhon Jader Durán – Aston Villa
- Jorge Carrascal – Dynamo Moscow
- Kevin Castaño – Cruz Azul
- Kevin Mier – Atlético Nacional
- Luis Diaz – Liverpool FC
- Luis Sinisterra – Bournemouth
- Mateo Cassierra – Zenit
- Mateus Uribe – Al Sadd
- Rafael Santo Borré – Werder Bremen
- Richard Rios – Palmeiras
- Santiago Arias – FC Cincinnati
- Willer Ditta – Cruz Azul
- Wilmar Barrios – Zenit FC
- Yaser Asprilla – Watford
- Yerson Mosquera – FC Cincinnati
It is worth remembering that in the first two days of the qualifying rounds held in September, The Colombian team won four pointsthe product of a 1-0 victory against Venezuela, at home, and a 0-0 draw against Chile in the capital of the southern country.
Colombia’s latest history against these two rivals is not encouraging at allgiven that they were results that in some way marked the path of the Tricolor for the qualifiers for Qatar 2022, a World Cup to which it was ultimately unable to attend.
On November 13, 2020, behind closed doors at the Metropolitano de Barranquilla due to covid-19 restrictions, The coffee team arrived with the same number of points that it currently has against Uruguay.
With Carlos Queiroz on the technical bench, Colombia was surprised by falling 3-0 to Uruguay, which had never defeated the Yellow in the Sandytheir best result until then had been 2-2 for the Russia 2018 qualifiers.
Edinson Cavani He opened the scoring after five minutes by taking advantage of a starting error by Yerry Mina. In the complementary part, Luis Suarez increased the score from the white spot of the penalty and Darwin Núñez, now a teammate of Luis Díaz in Liverpool, he sealed the victory with a mid-distance shot that David Ospina could not stop.
With a gloomy outlook after the result against the Uruguayans, The Colombian team turned the page and headed to Quitowhere they would face Ecuador on November 17, 2020. Not even the most optimistic Ecuadorian fan anticipated what was going to happen at the Rodrigo Paz Delgado.
Much was said about what happened behind closed doors in the dressing room of the Colombia selection That afternoon. The first surprise on Queiroz’s starting roster to face Ecuador was the appearance of Camilo Vargas in goal, replacing David Ospina due to injury.
To make matters worse, Ecuador got on the scoreboard in the seventh minute with a goal from Robert Arboleda. Two minutes later, Angel Mena made it 2-0, while Michael Estrada and Xavier Arreaga They increased the advantage, leaving more than one skeptical.
Through the twelve steps James Rodríguez scored for Colombia, The truth is that the nightmare would continue in the second half with the scores of Gonzalo Plata and Pervis Estupiñán, that closed the humiliating 6-1 win that claimed the exit weeks after Carlos Queiroz’s coaching bench. His departure gave rise to Reinaldo Ruedawhich could not straighten the course of the coffee team that was left out of the World Cup Qatar 2022. Colombia finished in sixth position with 23 points, one less than Peru, which went to the playoffs in which it lost to Australia.