Colombia and Paraguay make their Group D debut at CONMEBOL Copa América 2024™

Cafeteros have their undefeated streak going into CONMEBOL Copa América™ as Albirroja seek to end it during their debut on June 24 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas

June 24, 2024
CONMEBOL Copa América™
  • The Colombian national team is going through an incredible phase under Néstor Lorenzo going into the start of the 48th edition.
  • Group D will round out the day with Brazil versus Costa Rica.

The CONMEBOL Copa América United States 2024™ first round of group stage games is coming to an end: Colombia and Paraguay take the field this Monday, 24, at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. The first match of Group D of this edition kicks off at 5 pm local time (GMT-5) – 5 pm in Bogota, 6 pm in Asunción.

The positive momentum has Colombians excited about what they can achieve in the United States: the Cafeteros arrive at this 48th edition with an unbeaten streak of 22 matches – 18 of them under coach Néstor Lorenzo, who has led the team since 2022. The last few matches prove this optimism, including a 3-0 win over Bolivia and an impressive 5-1 against the host team of this CONMEBOL Copa América™. In the World Cup Qualifiers, Colombia has 3 wins in 6 rounds already played and sit in 3rd place.

In Paraguay, the word of the day is 'reconstruction' under commander Daniel Garnero, who took charge of the national team last year. The new boss expects La Albirroja to gain experience in the tournament and evolve based on young talents, among them Ramón Sosa, Julio Enciso and Damián Bobadilla, all of whom have experience in club football outside of their home country. These the main names that the hopes for a good performance in the United States are placed, as well as an important resumption during the Qualifiers: with 5 points in 6 rounds, the Paraguayans occupy 7th place which would be enough to qualify for the play-offs to then qualify for the 2026 World Cup.

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Where to watch Colombia vs. Paraguay live?

The match kicks off at 5 p.m. local time in Bogotá (Colombia), 6 p.m. in Asunción (Paraguay) and 7 p.m. Brasília (Brazil). It is possible to watch the match live through the following channels:

  • Colombia: Caracol TV, RCN, DirecTV, Win Sports.
  • Paraguay: Trece, SNT, Telefuturo, Tigo Sports.
  • United States: FS1, TUDN, Univision.
  • Canada: RDS, TSN, TSN+.

Colombia vs. Paraguay: history in the CONMEBOL Copa América™

The two South American teams have faced each other 11 times in the history of the oldest national team tournament in the world – the last of them in 2019, in Brazil, when the Cafeteros beat La Albirroja by the score of 1-0. The total record is 5 wins for each side and 1 draw – Paraguay scored 16 goals. while Colombia has 11.

The last 5 results between the teams (all competitions):

  • Paraguay 0-1 Colombia – Qualifiers (2023)
  • Colômbia 2-0 Paraguay – Amistoso (2022)
  • Colombia 0-0 Paraguay – Qualifiers (2021)
  • Paraguay 1-1 Colombia – Qualifiers (2021)
  • Colombia 1-0 Paraguay – CONMEBOL Copa América™ (2019)

Key Facts

  • Colombia defeated Paraguay in their last two matches at CONMEBOL Copa América™. If they win again, they will have their longest winning streak against La Albirroja (equaling the period between 1975 and 1987, of 3 wins).
  • Paraguay (8) has scored twice as many goals as it has conceded (4) against Colombia in the last five head-to-head matches for CONMEBOL Copa América™ (W2, D1, L2).
  • Luis Díaz scored four goals for Colombia in his first edition of CONMEBOL Copa América in 2021 and is one goal away from reaching the podium of his team's top scorers in the tournament: Delio Gamboa (5), Víctor Aristizábal (8) and Arnoldo Iguarán (10).
  • Colombia have won their last three opening games in CONMEBOL Copa América™ and are looking to make it a four-win streak with a win in the tournament for the first time since 1983-1993 (W5).
  • In the current South American Qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup, Mathías Villasanti (Grêmio-BRA) leads Paraguay in ball actions (248), accurate passes (161) and tackles (20) after five matches.

Source: OPTA

Probable lineups

Colombia: Camilo Vargas; Daniel Muñoz, Jhon Lucumí, Davinson Sánchez, Johan Mojica; Mateus Uribe, Jefferson Lerma, James Rodríguez; Jhon Arias, Luis Díaz, Rafael Borré.

Coach: Néstor Lorenzo.

Paraguay: Carlos Coronel; Iván Ramírez, Gustavo Gómez, Omar Alderete, Néstor Giménez; Mathías Villasanti, Matías Rojas, Richard Sánchez (Andrés Cubas); Miguel Almirón, Julio Enciso, Adam Bareiro.

Coach: Daniel Garnero.

Referee Appointments

Referee: Dario Herrera (Argentina).

Assistant referees: Juan P. Belatti and Cristian Navarro (Argentina).

Fourth official: Ivo Méndez (Bolivia).

VAR: Silvio Trucco (Argentina).

Match information

Match: Colombia vs Paraguay (Group D, Matchday 1)

Date and time: June 24, 2024, at 5 p.m. GMT-5 - 5 p.m. Colombia time, 6 p.m. Paraguay time.

Venue: NRG Stadium – Houston, TX.

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