Chile defends its title against Colombia


Chile, two-time CONMEBOL Copa America Champion, will face Colombia, a nominee to win this tournament, this Friday in a quarterfinal match of the competition in Brazil. The game to get the semi-final will be played at 20:00 local time, at the Arena Corinthians stadium in Sao Paulo.

The winner will face in the semifinals the winner between Uruguay and Peru, who will play next Saturday in Salvador.

– Imposing pressure-

The golden generation of Chile knows what it is to make history. On his back, the big players like Gary Medel, Alexis Sánchez and Arturo Vidal who already achived the 2015 and 2016 Copa America titles.

Boosted due to the group stage victories against Ecuador and Japan, and a defeat against Uruguay – “La Roja” senses the return of the title that they conquered in the previous editions.

Under the leadership of the Colombian Reinaldo Rueda, they will face an amazing Colombia that finished the first round with a perfect score after knocking out Argentina, Qatar and Paraguay. To highlight that in the seven matches including exhibitions matches- led by the Portuguese Carlos Queiroz, the Colombians has only gotten two goals.

The Colombian would line up again the formation that beat the Japanese and Ecuadorians, as he is calm because of the recovery from an injured of his captain, Gary Medel.

– Reverse the story –

“La Tricolor” has announced that they still does not want to leave Brazil. In the United States-2016 the Chileans won 2-0 in the semifinals and then they won the trophy.

Colombians and Chileans have faced three times in direct elimination games in the Copa America. “La Roja” took them all.

Queiroz pointed them, on Thursday, as favorites, although he warned that they will not have an easy way to go through.

James Rodríguez and Juan Guillermo Cuadrado would lead the offensive, which would be lined up from the beginning with Duván Zapata and Roger Martínez, Queiroz alternatives that have responded with scoring. The Captain Falcao Garcia would go to the bench.

Possible starting lines up:

Chile: Gabriel Arias – Mauricio Isla, Gary Medel, Guillermo Maripán, Jean Beausejour – Erick Pulgar, Charles Aránguiz, Arturo Vidal – José Fuenzalida, Eduardo Vargas, Alexis Sánchez. Coach: Reinaldo Rueda.

Colombia: David Ospina – Stefan Medina, Yerry Mina, Davinson Sánchez, William Tesillo – Juan Guillermo Cuadrado, Wilmar Barrios, Mateus Uribe – Roger Martinez, Duván Zapata, James Rodríguez. Coach: Carlos Queiroz.

Referee: Néstor Pitana (ARG).