Two massive world cup qualifying fixtures lay ahead for Los Cafeteros this week. It’s back to work for Pekerman and company as they look to lock their place in next years competition. It has been a mixed bag for Colombia this qualifying campaign but the team seems to be hitting its stride in the final stretch. Six points in the last two qualifying matches, including a key victory away at Ecuador, saw them leapfrog into second place in CONMEBOL qualifying. The task is not yet complete.
It will commence with a tricky tie away at Venezuela. Los chamos have proven to be a tough task for Colombia in recent history so while their place in the standings might suggest a routine and winnable game this will be anything but. Venezuela seems to rise to the occasion every time they face Colombia and this should be no different as they look to play spoilers. A few surprises were in store when the call up list was announced a few days ago. Falcao, who has been red hot in Ligue 1 play has been called back into the squad, while the novelties of the squad include Francisco Meza, Guillermo Celis, Gustavo Cuéllar, Leandro Castellanos, Yimmi Chará and William Tesillo. A result is of the utmost importance, given the tight race for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, and a tough game against high flying Brazil looming.
A quick turnaround will be key, as the focus will shift to Barranquilla and preparations for the unenviable task of squaring off against Tite’s Brazil. Colombia has had mixed success against Brazil in recent history but this is undoubtedly a different Brazil team than the last time the two squared off.
The last two fixtures will be at home against Paraguay and finally away to Peru.
We will be glued to the screens supporting our team as they fight for their spot in the world cup and …. Qué Viva Colombia!