Topping Group B was not the only goal Peru had for this year’s Copa America tournament, they have also been successful in eliminating one of the tournament favorites, Brazil, in the Group stages. Rumors are swirling that the team gained momentum for their match against Colombia in the quarterfinals.
The stage is set with the two teams meeting less than 24 hours to go. The controversial win against Brazil might haunt Peru. However, the win gives the team the needed boost as they meet Colombia, who are the runners-up in Group A. In their quarterfinals match, Peru is considered the underdog as the Colombians have been considered as favorites with betting odds set at -180, but Peru is used to being an underdog as they have been considered such during their match against Brazil.
Peru has withstood all odds as they managed to top the Group stage with seven points and have dislodged early tournament favorite Brazil. Now, they have the daunting task of putting aside Colombia, which is ranked No. 3 by FIFA, to be able to barge their way into the semifinal round. For sure, the MetLife Stadium will come to life as it has been reported that tickets have all been sold out for the Peru-Colombia match.
For the Colombian side, their fans are very excited and strongly believe that they would win against Peru even if history tells otherwise. It would be remembered that in 2011, Peru defeated Colombia, 2-0. In 2015, their match ended in a frustrating 0-0 draw. To sum it up, Colombia has a tall order ahead of them as they still have to win against Peru while the Peruvian side aims to continue their streak in beating league favorites to reach the finals.
Fascinating to note that holdovers for Colombia include Juan Guillermo Cuadrado, Carlos Sanchez, and Dayro Moreno while for the Peruvian side, their holdovers are Alberto Rodriguez, Christian Ramos, Renzo Revoredo, Yoshimar Yotun, Paolo Guerrero and Raul Ruidiaz.
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