Our prediction for this match:
Colombia will be looking to bounce back from a 3-0 loss to Algeria when they take on Peru at Hard Rock Stadium on Friday morning. Los Cafeteros failed to impress in their last warm-up game, meaning that head coach Carlos Queiroz feels pressure ahead of the trip to Florida. The Colombians were unable to find the net in previous three friendly matches, meaning that they are eager to put an end to their goalless run.
A man to keep an eye on in Carlos Queiroz’s team will be Atalanta attacker Luis Muriel, who has already netted eight goals in the new Serie A season. Peru, on the other hand, shared the spoils with Uruguay in October, but it has to be noted that la Celeste were without Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani in the Estadio Nacional de Lima clash. Anyhow, since Colombia want this win more than Peru, we are tempted to put our money on the nominal visitors.
Highlighted Player (Radamel 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.
Highlighted Team (Peru):
Peru national team has been competing at the international stage since 1927 when they played their first ever match against Uruguay. Over the course of their history, La Blanquirroja have formed long-standing rivalries with Chile and Ecuador while 1970s brought the team a worldwide recognition during the period that is to this date considered the most successful in Peruvian football.
Teofilo Cubillas, the team’s top scorer with 26 goals to his name is considered Peru’s greatest player helped the team qualify for three World Cups and win the Copa America in 1975. Peru are the two-time champion of the tournament, who came close to lifting the Copa America trophy again in recent years, finishing third in 2011 and 2015 respectively.
La Blanquirroja are managed by Ricardo Gareca commonly referred to as the Tiger who will lead his team to 2016 Copa America Centenario looking to win Peru its first trophy at a major tournament since 1982.