Qatar vs. Colombia
|Date & Time||Wednesday June 19, 2019, 5:30 PM (EDT)|
Cícero Pompeu de Toledo Stadium
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Colombia will continue their 2019 Copa America campaign Cícero Pompeu de Toledo Stadium in São Paulo. The Colombian team will play its second game against Qatar.
Qatar played well in their opening fixture as they managed a 2-2 draw against Paraguay. During the match, Qatar maintained 57% of the ball and completed more than 100 more passes than their opponents. It was a poor start to the match for Qatar as they went 2-0 down but the team showed incredible character to score 2 goals in the final 25 minutes to get the points. Almoez Ali was very good for Qatar as he scored the team’s opening goal. Qatar looked nervous at the start of the match but the team showed their ability in the second half and I am expecting a much stronger performance from the team in this match as they should be more settled in the environment.
On the other side of the pitch, Colombia started their Copa America campaign in style as they defeated Argentina 2-0. The defenders were exceptional for Colombia as they kept the likes of Leo Messi, Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria quiet for the entire 90 minutes. Roger Martinez and Duvan Zapata were the two star strikers for Colombia as both players scored goals which gave the team the victory. This Colombian team have a good mixture of youth and experience with the likes of Zapata and Falcao in the same line-up. That mixture allowed Colombia to be aggressive and intelligent throughout the match against Argentina. Colombia are in a very good position to top the group and the team will be high on confidence since they just defeated one of the top teams in the world.
Qatar and Colombia have not played each other in any recent head-to-head games.
Qatar are the champions of Asia and they showed their ability in the opening round as they were outstanding against Paraguay. That being said, I see Qatar losing this match. Colombia are one of the top teams in the competition and they showed their skills as they comfortably defeated Argentina. Colombia have played likes, Duvan Zapata, James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao who have tremendous talent and that should give this team a big edge. With that in mind, I see Colombia winning this match and getting another 3 points on the board.