Venezuela Make History Against Short-Handed Colombia

31 03 2009
Courtesy:Futbol Red

Courtesy:Futbol Red

Venezuela had never beaten Colombia for their The storyline of the match was the fact that Colombia played shorthanded for three quarters of the game and were able to outplay a Venezuela side that showed occasional spurts of offensive brilliance. That combines with Colombia’s lapses when they were well over 70 minutes with man less on the pitch after Abel Aguilar was sent off in the 26th minute. Eventually  in a span of five minutes, the game was decided.

Colombia can blame Chilean referee but no one can doubt the brilliance of Juan Arango when he drilled a freekick into David Ospina’s far post. That goal literally sealed the deal for the Vinotinto and brought them back from the dead. But it was their inability to cash in on certain opportunities that affected them most. If you were to give a report as of who played better it was a shorthanded Colombia. Venezuela lacked ideas although it pushed more from the wings. They were left vulnerable on the counterattack but their numbers were not affected by a Colombian counter that had a tough time developing due to the physicality of the Venezuelans but also the imprecision of the Cafeteros.

The Colombian defense was a rock, especially centerbacks Mario Yepes and Christian Zapata.  These two cleaned up every mess that was out there to be cleaned.   They were a testament to the tactical organization that coach Eduardo Lara implemented on the pitch even after Aguilar was sent off.  Venezuela in the meantime continued their yoeman effort.

Altohugh confused in several passages of the match, Venezuela came into their own in the final stages.  This is when Juan Arango started to come into his own.  It appeared that he was lacadasical for 75 minutes but he turned it up a notch in the final 15.  After a controversial goal by Fedor in the 76th minute gave them the lead, a defensive mistake gave Arango a chance to do what he does best- and that was exactly what he did.

Now both teams find themselves in alternate roads yet once again.  Venezuela regained their confidence while Colombia lost theirs in the cracks yet again.  For Venezuela the dream is still alive.  For Colombia, the possibility of being out of a third consecutive World Cup is staring him right in the eye.  Now they will be rooting hard for Chile against Uruguay.  A Chilean win will keep them still at arm’s distance.

Venezuela 2-0 Colombia

Fedor (76′), Arango (81′)

Player Ratings

Venezuela
Vega 5
Velasquez 4.5
Salazar 4
Lucena 5.5
Rincón 5
Gonzalez
Fuenmayor 5.5
Arango 6
Maldonado 4.5
Rosales 4.5
Moreno 5
Fedor 6
Peña 5
Acosta N/A

Colombia
Ospina 5.5
Zuñiga 4
Yepes 6
Zapata 5
Nuñez 4.5
Aguilar 2.5
Bedoya 5.5
Marín 5
Torres 5.5
Quintero 5
Falcao 3
Mosquera 3
Marrugo 5
Rodallega 3.5

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Colombia Confirms Lineup

30 03 2009

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Colombian coach Eduardo Lara confirmed today that his national team will change scheme when they step onto the pitch in Puerto Ordaz against a Venezuelan side that is licking their wounds after returning from Buenos Aires whipped and humiliated.  That still does not avoid the fact that for the visiting Colombians this is a must-win game in a place where they haven’t won since December 15, 1996.   Also with Uruguay and Chile facing off in Santiago, a win in Puerto Ordaz will put them back in the race for a spot in South Africa 2010.

Lara decided to go with a 4-4-1-1 as compared to the 4-3-1-2 that he used against Bolivia.

David Ospina seems to have fulfilled his promise and at 20 years of age he has taken over as the starting goalkeeper for Los Cafeteros. The backline for Colombia will consist of Camilo Zúñiga, Christian Zapata, Mario Yepes, and Luis Núñez. Núñez is the surprise after he was declared the substitute for the suspended Pablo Armero.

The midfield will consist of a “double five” with Abel Aguilar and Gerardo Bedoya.   Vladimir Marín (left) and Macnelly Torres (right) will play on the outside while Carlos Darwin Quintero will drop back and support Radamel Falcao García.  For García, his chances to be the striker for the national team is running out.  He has only scored two goals in 13 caps with the national team.

Confirmed Lineup:  David Ospina (Nice-Fra), Camilo Zuñiga (AC Siena-Ita), Christian Zapata (Udinese-Ita), Mario Yepes (Chievo-Ita), Abel Aguilar (Hércules-Esp), Gerardo Bedoya (Millonarios),   Vladimir Marín (Libertad-Par), Macnelly Torres (Colo Colo- Chi), Carlos Darwin Quintero (Santos Laguna-Mex), Radamel Falcao García (River Plate-Arg)

Mad About Fútbol will be hosting its first-ever chat during the Venezuela-Colombia match Tuesday night in Puerto Ordaz. Join us as we will be talking about the game, other events worldwide, and any other stuff you want to talk about.

Look forward to having you attend.