This Sunday, January 16, the Colombia selection beat Honduras 2-1 in the preparation match for the Qatar 2022 World Cup Qualifiers. Those led by Reinaldo Wheel They took a weight off their shoulders by returning to the path of victory, after having an extensive draw streak, and it will serve as a boost for the complicated commitments that are coming for the Tricolor.
Despite the fact that the match played in the United States was mostly attended by Colombian soccer players, it served for the Cali coach to find variants for the match. next double FIFA date where Colombia will receive Peru and visit Argentina. Soccer players like Juan Fernando Quintero, the soccer leader; Yáser Asprilla, a debutant with various conditions; and Andres Colorado; winning goal scorer; They were among the most prominent.
As well, Colombia will return to competition in the Qualifiers on Friday, January 28 when they host Peru in Barranquilla and later, on Tuesday, February 1, he will visit Argentina in Córdoba. Currently the Tricolor is fourth in the standings with 17 points, and is keeping the last direct qualifying quota for Qatar 2022.
However, and despite the fact that it is currently classified, the Colombia selection it depends on itself to advance to the maximum orbital appointment that will take place in the territory of the Middle East next December.
You will have to face Argentina Y Venezuela as a visitor, two rivals who are always difficult to beat in their places, since Peru Y Bolivia in Barranquilla, where Reinaldo Rueda’s team has not yet managed to impose itself with authority.
The first challenge for the ‘coffee growers’ will be Peru, perhaps the most key game of all. The game against La Rojiblanca will be played next Friday, January 28 from 4:00 pm, Colombian time, and a large part of the long-awaited classification depends on it, as it is a direct rival; they are fifth in the table, also with 17 points.
The match will be at the Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez, where Colombia failed to win three of their last four games. Likewise, the goal drought, since there are already five games without scoring for Qualifiers, is perhaps the most worrying aspect of all.
By playoffs Colombians and Peruvians have crossed paths 21 times, leaving a balance of 12 wins for Colombia, 6 draws and 3 wins for the Incas, figures that are encouraging.
A close antecedent: this 2021 Colombia won in two of the three games in which they faced Peru. In Rueda’s debut as manager of the team, he won 3-0 in knockouts, and in the fight for third place in the Copa América, 3-2. The defeat suffered also occurred in the Copa América, only in the group stage, where they fell 1-2.
This year, those led by Rueda faced Argentina twice, once in qualifiers, in Barranquilla, a match that ended in a two-goal draw, and the other, in the semifinal of the Copa América, when it was tied at one goal.
In both commitments, the deconcentration of the coffee growers in the first moments took its toll on them: each of the three annotations were received before the stopwatch marked the 10th minute.
In total they have faced each other 17 times in knockouts, of which Colombia only won 3, tied in 4 games and lost in 10. It remains to be seen if with defensive order and the need to score points, the Colombians manage to tilt the statistics in favor of the Tricolor next Tuesday February 1 from 6:30 pm, Colombian time.
Of the clashes that Colombia will assume in 2022, the one that will be played on March 24 against Bolivia is the most favorable of all, at least on paper, not only because of the records in its favor, but also because it is the last game at home, against more than 40,000 fans in Barranquilla. The task must be completed.
For South American Qualifiers they played 12 games and, fortunately, Colombia only lost in one of them, winning in 8 and drawing in 3.
It will be the last game of the Colombian team in its desire to be in Qatar. He is concerned that on March 27 Colombia will face the Vinotinto that is now led by a coach who brings back fond memories for the country: José Néstor Pekerman.
For Qualifiers this clash has occurred 17 times, leaving a record of 8 wins for Colombia, 6 draws and 3 losses.