Columbia vs Costa Rica

It’sbeenawhilesinceColumbiawereheldinsuchhighregardamongfootballpunditseverywhere,butweareyettoseeifLosCafeteroswillbeabletojustifytheirreputation。

CostaRica,ontheotherside,arrivetoCopaAmericafollowingadisappointingshowingattheGoldCup,soeverythingsuggeststhatTicoswillbefightingwithBoliviaforthethirdplaceinthegroup。

Columbiaontherise

Columbiahaveshownalotofpromiseduringthe2010WorldCupqualifyingcampaign,beatingthelikesofArgentina,EcuadorandParaguay,buttheyeventuallyfellshortofqualifyingforthemajortournamentfollowingsomeunexpectedslip-ups。

Nevertheless,thequalifyingcampaignhintedthatLosCafeteroswouldsoonbeabletomatchthebestsidesinSouthAmericaandthistournamentistheperfectopportunityforthemtoprovetheirworth。

Withworld-classplayerssuchasRadamelFalcaoGarcia,CristianZapata,FredyGuarin,LuisPereaandHugoRodallegaintheside,ColumbialooklikehotfavouritesinthematchagainststrugglingCostaRica,especiallyaftertheconvincingwinoverSenegalintheirfinalwarm-upgame。

HugoRodallegaandRadamelFalcaoGarcialooksettostartupfront,meaningthatLosCafeteroswillbeverydangerousupfront,whereasSerieAstalwartsYepes,ArmeroandZapatawillmakesurekeeperOspinadoesn’thavemuchworktodo。

CostaRicaplayingwithUnder-23side

CostaRicaonlyarrivedtothetournamentasareplacementforJapanandtheteam,therefore,haven’thadenoughtimetoprepareforCopaAmerica。

TheTicoshavebroughtUnder-23sidewhichconsistsentirelyofdomesticbasedplayerstoArgentina,soitislittlewonderthatnobodybelievestheycanevenprogressfromthegroup,letalonereachthefinalstagesofthetournament。

Eventhefullstrengthsidehavehadalotofproblemslately,havingdroppedoutoftheGoldCupinthequarter-finals,afternarrowlyprogressingfromgroupstage。

ThewholeCostaRicacampisinastateofshockafterthedeathofDennisMarshall,whowaswiththeteamattheGoldCup,andthatonlyaddstotheworries。

ThesquadentirelyconsistsofplayersplyingtheirtradeinweakCostaRicanleague,soeverythingsuggeststheywillhavebigproblemsagainstveryexperiencedColumbians。

Verdict

ColumbiaarrivetoArgentinewithastar-studdedsquad,soitishighlyunlikelythattheywillhaveproblemsagainstwhatwillbeCostaRicaUnder-23side。

WithFalcao,Guarin,RodallegaandZapataintheside,LosCafeterosshouldbeabletorecordabigwin。

Ourprediction:Columbiawith-1。

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