The Incas prepare for a bruising Colombian Copa exploit

The Incas prepare for a bruising Colombian Copa exploit

The Incas prepare for a bruising Colombian Copa exploit

It is already sold out. Colombia versus Peru. Each of the 82,566 tickets at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Now that should make for a feverish atmosphere, when the faceoff between the third best team in the world and the conquerors of Brazil gets underway, in the Copa America Centenario quarters.

Colombia, may have stumbled against Costa Rica in the last group match to hand group victory to the United States, but make no mistake, Los Cafeteros are as bullish as they come. The loss came as a result of resting 10 players in the last game, meaning the starting lineup will be as fresh as it can be. And, if results go their way, could set up what could be a mouthwatering final against Argentina.

Back to tonight’s affair. Real Madrid playmaker, James Rodriguez, is back, the No.10 having scored in each of the two games he has played. David Ospina is too, including striker Carlos Bacca and Juan Cuadrado. That makes La Tricolor lethal upfront and stable at the back. The odds will certainly favor Jose Pekerman’s charges and their intricate and exciting football, but they should not get complacent at all. Football is, indeed, round.

Peru denied Brazil. Yes, the solitary goal was controversial, but neither were Brazil clinical. The Peruvians, though not impressive, are still unbeaten, with their rearguard showing the Samba Boys no mercy. It will be an upset if the Incas defeat their stronger opponents, but it’s not like it has not happened before, something that Pekerman will caution his team about.

History. During the days of the fearsome Radamel Falcao – yes, when he was marauding and making defenders’ backsides act like grass cutters – and at the same stage of the 2011 tourney, the Incas hammered the much heralded Colombia 2-0. It was unexpected. And so, in equal breathe will they build on that success and take their defense that has only conceded twice in this tournament, to face a daunting, yet doable, task of containing Colombia.

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Saturday June 18th, 2016

3AM:     Peru – Colombia, MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford

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