Peru will likely to continue their surprising tournament run when they take on favorites Colombia in the second quarter finals of the Copa America at MetLife Stadium on Friday evening. While the match looks one sided on paper, Colombia must fear the team spirit of Peru National team as they have defeated the talented Brazilian side in the group stage.
Peru started the tournament with 1–0 win against Haiti while they hold a 2–2 draw against Ecuador in the second game and defeated Brazil 1–0 to remain as one of the unbeaten teams in this tournament.
On the other side Colombia started the tournament on a style, they earned two wins in a row but stumble in the third game against Costa Rica, and nonetheless they were able to get out of the group.
Match: Peru Vs Colombia (Copa America Centenario, quarter finals)
Date and Time: June 18, 2016; 1:00 GMT
Venue: United States, MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
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Peru Vs Colombia Team News:
James Rodriguez has been in good form in this tournament despite unable to feature in starting XI in Real Madrid last season. He is likely to play in attacking position while Carlos Bacca and Juan Cuadrado will support him in attack.
Meanwhile Guerro had a unforgettable tournament this season and is expected to start in front of opposition goal while Vilchen, Balbin and Flores are also expected to be in starting XI.
Peru (4–2‑3–1): Gallese – Trauco, Rodriguez, Ramos, Corzo – Vilchez, Balbin – Flores, Cueva, Polo – Guerrero.
Colombia (4–2‑3–1): Ospina – Diaz, Murillo, Zapata, Arias – Torres, Perez – James, Cardona, Cuadrado – Bacca.
Peru Vs Colombia Head To Head stats
In the last 17 meetings between these two sides, Colombia has won 9 matches, drawn 7 and lost only 2. They are unbeaten in last 13 matches with 6 wins and 7 draws.
On Copa America, these two sides have met on 5 occasions since 1995, Colombia has won 2 and drawn 3. Their last meeting was in 2011 where the match ended in draw.
Peru Vs Colombia: prediction
Peru has come so far crossing group stage and has surprised everyone in this tournament, but this might be their last chance. Colombia has good squad and on big occasion we expect big players like Cuadrado and James Rodriguez to rise. We expect a narrow win for Colombia
Final score: Peru 1–2 Colombia