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Match Preview: Colombia vs Qatar

Argentina v Colombia: Group B - Copa America Brazil 2019
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Estadio do Morumbi will host Colombia and Qatar, as they meet in the second round of the Copa America group stage.

Both sides started their 2019 Copa America campaign in fine fashion, with Colombia leading the Group B table with three points.

Los Cafeteros surprised one of the favorites in the opener, noting a 2-0 victory over Argentina thanks to goals from Roger Martinez and Duvan Zapata.

Asian champions Qatar made their Copa America debut with a draw against Paraguay last Saturday. They fought back from 2-0 down, to earn a point – their first ever in the competition.

Qatar and Colombia go head to head tonight at 23:30 (CET), in a game which could see Los Cafeteros book their place in the knock out stage with a victory.

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Luis Muriel’s Copa America lasted just 14 minutes after being taken off with a knee injury that will rule him out for the rest of the tournament.

Both goalscorers from the game against Argentina, Martinez and Zapata started the game on the bench last Saturday. They will be looking to take Muriel’s place in the starting line-up.

Qatar’s best player Almoez Ali netted the first goal in the 2-2 draw against Paraguay in the opener.

He is expected to lead the Asian Champions’ attack once again, as the whole starting XI will probably be unchanged.

What did the managers say

Former Manchester United assistant Carlos Queiroz said he is happy with the win against Argentina, but it is only the start for his national side.

“We are happy with the result, but it is only the beginning, we didn’t get anywhere. Now we have to rest and leave tomorrow to fight more and, if possible, play better,” Queiroz said via Deportes.

“It was a very good match, with two very good teams. It is normal when there are two strong teams on the football ground, the game at times to be dominated by one and at times by the other.

“However, I think that during the 90 minutes we got the solutions for the moments in which Argentina dominated the ball.”

Qatar head coach Felix Bass said his players deservedly won the point against Paraguay in their Copa America opener.

“It’s a fair result, we deserved the point achieved,” he said at a press conference after the match at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

“Despite the two goals deficit, the team has shown that we still have faith and has had the attitude of wanting to go for the game, which turned out very positive for us.”


Colombia’s last defeat in a competitive game after the regular 90 minutes came in a game against Asian side, losing 2-1 to Japan at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

They also lost to an Asian side three months ago, suffering a 2-1 defeat in a friendly game against South Korea.

Qatar are unbeaten in an official game since December 2017, winning their first Asian Cup with seven wins in seven games last January.

The Maroons will meet Colombia for the first time in history, as they have never made an appearance at the World Cup, nor the South American Championship before.

Colombia won the Copa America only once, in 2001 on home soil. They won the bronze in the latest edition of the competition, beating the United States in the third place play-off.