Our match prediction:
Having shocked South American giants Brazil in their final group game, Peru will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they square off against Colombia in the Copa America quarter-finals. La Blanquirroja have been playing above expectations at the tournament in USA, but Ricardo Gareca’s men will have to be at their sharpest if they are to claim yet another major scalp at the Copa America Centenario. Colombia suffered a 3-2 loss to Costa Rica in their final group game, but thanks to back-to-back victories over USA and Paraguay they made it to the knockout stages. Peru, who have already kept two clean sheets in the process, are likely to adopt a defence-minded approach in Saturday’s football match and we predict that under 2.5 goals will be scored at MetLife Stadium. In their last meeting at Copa America (2015) the two teams played out a goalless draw.
Highligted Player (Vargas):
Juan Manuel Vargas is an experienced 32-year-old left back who can also play as a winger. He currently plays for the Spanish club Real Betis. Vargas is well-known for his dribbles, free-kicks and accurate crosses. He started his career with Universitario where he quickly became a first-team regular by 2004. His first stint in Italy was with Serie A club Catania in 2006. Vargas was one of their best players and was always a first team regular at Catania. His impressive performances helped them retain their Serie A survival for two seasons. With many clubs vying for his signature, Vargas joined Fiorentina in 2008 for a reported transfer fee of €12 million – reportedly rebuffing Real Madrid. Though he struggled initially, Vargas settled in an advanced attacking role after becoming a crucial part of the Viola squad. His international career began in 2004 and has represented his country in 62 matches so far.
Highlighted Team (Colombia):
Seleccion de futbol Colombia has stepped on to the international scene in 1938 with its competitive debut against Mexico. Colombia has in recent years become a national symbol of strength representing country’s efforts to fight the negative reputation. Passionate about their football team, Colombians have formed a huge fan base which enjoyed in their team’s impressive run to the 2014 FIFA World Cup quarter-finals at the competition in which Real Madrid star James Rodriguez was awarded the Golden Boot for most goals and the Best Goal of the Tournament awards. Jose Pekerman’s team has also been named the Fair Play team at the same event. The fans were pretty disappointed to see their team reach the quarter-final stage at the 2015 Copa America though as Colombia crashed out in disappointing fashion losing to Argentina after a penalty kick. Radamel Falcao remains the most prominent star of the current team despite his poor spells with Manchester United and Chelsea respectively. Monaco striker is also the team’s top scorer with 25 goals added to his name.