Colombia vs Peru: Copa America Third Place Preview

Posted on by Juan Pablo

Colombia and Peru were unable to advance in the semifinals of the 2021 Copa America after dropping their respective matches against Argentina and Brazil. Now, these two nations will collide Friday to determine which country will secure a spot on the tournament’s podium. This game will kick-off Saturday at 1 AM BST at Estádio Nacional de Brasilia.

Colombia vs Peru in Copa America

Colombia

Colombia was just a few penalties away from pulling the upset and defeating Argentina in the semifinals, but players such as Edwin Cardona, Yerry Mina, and Davinson Sanchez missed their shots and that left Colombia with nothing but third place to fight for. Reinaldo Rueda’s men have looked far from convincing in the tournament despite securing a top-four finish, winning just one match, and they’ve been struggling to display attractive, attacking-minded football in most matches. The absence of players such as James Rodriguez and Mateus Uribe has been determining at times, but other players have been in poor form and the tactical approach Colombia has had in most games has not been the best. They will also go up against recent history in this match, as they lost against Peru in the group stage of this same tournament.

Colombia injury report: Mateus Uribe (muscular) – out

Colombia Expected Starting Lineup: David Ospina; Daniel Munoz, Davinson Sanchez, Yerry Mina, William Tesillo; Luis Diaz, Wilmar Barrios, Edwin Cardona, Juan Cuadrado; Duvan Zapata, Luis Muriel

Peru

Peru got off to a slow start in the 2021 Copa America group stage but woke up after defeating Colombia in the group stage, and they did enough in the rest of their group-stage match to secure a spot in the quarterfinals. They had to overcome a stoppage-time goal in the second half against Paraguay to escape their threat on a thrilling penalty shootout. Peru delivered what was probably their best performance of the tournament against Brazil, but a goal from Lucas Paqueta and a few controversial decisions in the second half forced them to settle with a 1-0 defeat and a chance to play for third place once again. La Blanquirroja has done that in four of the last five Copa America, as they reached this stage in 2011, 2015, and 2019, where they lost the Final against…. Brazil. Can they repeat their win over Los Cafeteros in the group stage to end up as a Top 3 team in the CONMEBOL region once again?

Peru injury report: None

Peru Expected Starting Lineup: Pedro Gallese; Jhilmar Lora, Alexander Callens, Anderson Santamaria, Marcos Lopez; Yoshimar Yotun, Renato Tapia; Christian Cueva, Sergio Pena, Andre Carrillo; Gianluca Lapadula

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