Uruguay vs Colombia team news and preview ahead of 2021 Copa America QF


Uruguay will be looking to book a place in the final four of the Copa America 2021 when they lock horns with Colombia at the Estadio Nacional de Brasilia in the quarter-final on Saturday, July 3. The game between the two South American giants is scheduled to commence at 7:00 PM local time (Sunday, July 4 at 3:30 AM IST). Here’s a look at the Uruguay vs Colombia preview and team news from both camps ahead of what promises to be a mouthwatering clash.

Uruguay vs Colombia: 2021 Copa America QF game preview

Uruguay had a rather difficult start to their Copa America campaign this year, losing 1-0 to group A favourites Argentina in their opening match. Oscar Tabarez’s side then played out an underwhelming 1-1 draw against Chile, as Luis Suarez’s goal at the hour mark managed to salvage a point for La Celeste after Eduardo Vargas’ opener.

However, Uruguay then bounced back with two wins to round off the group stage and finish second. They first defeated Bolivia 2-0 and then ended the group stages with a 1-0 over Paraguay. They will now be looking to build on their impressive run as the tournament heads into the business stage.

Meanwhile, Colombia will consider themselves quite fortunate to have made it to the last eight of the Copa America despite having won just one of their four group games. After beating Ecuador 1-0 in their opening fixture, Reinaldo Rueda’s side were held to a goalless draw by Venezuela before losing 2-1 to both Peru and Brazil.

Nevertheless, they were able to secure a third-place finish in Group B to advance to the quarter-final stages of the major South American tournament.

Uruguay vs Colombia: Head to Head record

Uruguay have managed 20 wins against Colombia over the years. On the other hand, Colombia have been able to secure 13 victories over Uruguay while nine games have ended in draws.

Uruguay vs Colombia: Team news, injuries and suspensions

Uruguay have positive news on centre-back Diego Godin after he was brought off abruptly in the game against Paraguay. The veteran defender was seen in training this week and is expected to partner with Jose Gimenez at the heart of Uruguay’s defence.

Star duo of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani are tipped to start in attack for Tabarez’s side while Rodrigo Bentancur is expected to start in midfield.

On the other hand, Colombia have no injury woes but Rueda will be concerned over the lack of goalscoring options at his disposal. So far, Duvan Zapata, Luis Muriel and Rafael Borre have all failed to find the net, while Miguel Borja’s only goal has come from a penalty.

However, Juventus star Juan Cuadrado has been a constant threat, standing out as one of his side’s most impressive players in the majority of their games at the grand tournament.

The12thman Prediction: Uruguay vs Colombia

Uruguay have gotten better as the tournament has progressed and while they still have room for potential, they will come into this clash full of confidence having avoided defeat in their last three games. Our prediction for the game is a 2-1 win for Uruguay.

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