Great game at Pascual Guerrero with an important prize for the winner: The classification to the final hexagonal of the South American Sub 20 in Bogotá. Colombia, which also favors the tie, faces Argentina, which with the victory over Peru, their only one in the tournament so far, was left alive.
At 7:30 pm, the ball will roll in Cali for the remaining quota for the next phase, since Brazil and Paraguay, who will face each other at the same time in Palmaseca, secured their qualification in advance and they share the leadership of the area with 7 units each.
The team led by Héctor Cárdenas has left a good impression against Brazil, one of the candidates for the title, which he could not beat for not capitalizing on the goal options generated. For his part, the Albiceleste has been in debt in this contest, but he has the tools and the talent of players like Nicolás Paz to dream of qualifying.
Colombia, to improve the effectiveness and the aerial game
Xpecta Sports published a report on the performance of these teams in view of the closing of the group stage, in which possession of the ball is evidenced as one of the virtues of the Tricolor, even slightly surpassing Brazil in this item in the last match (50.1% against 49.9%), however, Ramón Menezes’ team entered the rival area more times.
The main variable to improve by Colombia is the effectiveness facing the rival goal, since possession has served to generate danger, but without finishing by the forwards. It was evident against Brazil, a difficult night for Ricardo Caraballo, the center forward who was there from the start and who did not materialize a couple of clear options, and in the debut against Paraguay, in which the Tricolor achieved the highest number of shots on target (6) and only scored one goal to add one point.
The National Team has been firm in one-on-one duels, but it must improve in the aerial game, since Brazil surpassed it with 42.42% of disputes won by above, while Colombia gained 39.39%. An offensive variation that Argentina also knows how to take advantage of, because in this way, in a set piece action, they discounted the 1-3 against Verdeamarela: Nico Paz free kick and Maximiliano González header.
A fight for possession
This soccer laboratory points out that Argentina has the same problem as Colombia: wasting scoring opportunities. In the 1-3 defeat in the South American classic, the Albiceleste made 12 shots, 5 of them on goal, and only scored from a still ball with Maximiliano González’s header.
This last commitment will be a battle for possession of the ball, because like Colombia, Argentina prefers to have it, although its only victory against Peru was when it had the lowest level of this item.