Our football match prediction:
Thanks to Cardona’s late goal Colombia recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Paraguay on Friday and Jose Pekerman’s men will be looking to build on the triumph when they host Uruguay at Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Melendez on Tuesday. The Colombians sit in fourth place in the standings, but the match against Uruguay will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. La Celeste outclassed Venezuela (3-0) in their last qualifying match and seeing that Luis Suarez and Co. have been producing fine performances of late, we do not think that home win should be considered this time out. Both teams are likely to adopt a cautious approach in Tuesday’s football match and we predict that Colombia and Uruguay are going to share the spoils in their tenth group game. A man to watch in the home team will be Milan attacker Carlos Bacca, who provided an assist for Edwin Cardona in the victory over Paraguay.
Highlighted 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.
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.