Our prediction for this World Cup 2022 match:
There will be fireworks when Colombia and Uruguay face each other at Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Melendez in the South America World Cup qualifiers round 3. Los Cafeteros kicked off their qualifying campaign with a 3-0 win over Venezuela, with the team playing out a 2-2 draw with Chile in Santiago in their second group game. Santiago Arias and Stefan Medina are both out of contention, as well as experienced attacker Radamel Falcao and Jhon Cordoba.
The good news for the hosts is that Everton ace James Rodriguez has overcome his injury. La Celeste, on the other hand, welcome important first-team regulars Gimenez and Cavani, and, no doubt, Oscar Tabarez is going to field the best possible side against Colombia. A close encounter is on the cards in Baranquilla, and we are tempted to put our money on draw. As always, a man to watch in the away team will be Atletico Madrid attacker Luis Suarez.
Highlighted Player (James Rodriguez):
James Rodriguez is an attacking midfielder who plays for Spanish giants Real Madrid. The Colombian superstar played for the likes of Envigado and Banfield at the start of his career and he moved to Europe in 2010, joining Portuguese side Porto for a fee of €5.1 million.
James scored 25 goals in 63 league appearances with the Dragons and in 2013 he joined Monaco. His transfer to the Ligue 1 side was the second most expensive in the history of Portuguese Primeira Liga (€45 million) and he signed a five-year contract with les Rouges et Blancs. The Colombian ace impressed at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and, as a result, Real Madrid chiefs signed him on 22 July, 2014 for an undisclosed fee.
However, reports in Spain suggested that the fee was approximately €80 million. Rodriguez scored 13 goals in 29 league appearances for Real Madrid in the 2014/2015 Primera Division campaign and he was in Gareth Bale’s shadow in the 2015/2016 season. James is well known for his technical skills, his vision and the ability to create goal-scoring opportunities for his teammates.
Highlighted Team (Uruguay):
La Celeste are one of the most successful South American nations. Uruguay are frequently the champions of the continent having most recently won the tournament in 2011. They have won the Copa America a record 15 times including the first ever edition of the competition in 1916, while the team has also won FIFA World Cup in two occasions including the inaugural competition in 1930 when they defeated Argentina 4-2 in the final as hosts.
Their second World Cup title came in 1950 when Uruguay and Brazil played a legendary match which recorded a higher attendance than any other football match in the history of the game. Uruguay is the smallest country in the world to have won a World Cup by population, but La Celeste are proud of their football heritage which yielded some of the best footballers in the world over the course of history.
Most notable player of the current selection is Barcelona striker Luis Suarez, who is also the team’s top scorer with 45 goals to his name.