Our match prediction:
Colombia did not make a flying start to their World Cup qualifying campaign, but thanks to a hard-fought 3-2 win at Bolivia the team managed to keep their hopes of booking their place at the showpiece tournament in Russia alive. Despite playing without injured ace Radamel Falcao los Cafeteros managed to defeat La Verde at high altitude thanks to Cardona’s goal in the dying minutes of Thursday’s football game. James Rodriguez scored against Bolivia as well and all eyes will be on the Real Madrid ace when Colombia take on Ecuador in Tuesday’s qualifier. Ecuador were on the verge of suffering a loss to Paraguay in midweek, but Angel Mena scored a late equalizer and eventually helped the team pick up one point from the game. Gustavo Quinteros’ men are eyeing their third consecutive win on the road, but we predict that the hosts, who are brimming with confidence at the moment, will grab something from the clash.
Highligted Player (Falcao):
Radamel Falcao, nicknamed the “Colombian Tiger”, is considered one of the best players in the history of Colombian football. The 177-cm-tall attacker is well known for his brilliant finishing and his header technique gives him an advantage in aerial battles with opposition defenders. Falcao was born in Santa Marta, Colombia on 10 February, 1986 and he started his senior career at Lanceros Boyaca. He played for Argentine giants River Plate between 2005 and 2009 and in 2009 he joined Porto. After scoring 41 goals in 51 league appearances for the Dragons, Falcao signed for Atletico Madrid on 18 August 2011 for a fee of €40 million. The Colombian attacker helped los Rojiblancos win Europa League trophy in 2012, scoring 12 goals in the process. He played for Monaco in the 2013/2014 Ligue 1 campaign and in 2014 he signed a loan deal with Manchester United. He scored just 4 goals in 26 league appearances for the Red Devils and was later loaned to Chelsea before returning to Stade Louis II.