Colombia faces Argentina in FIFA World Cup qualifier
On June 7, 2013, the Colombian and Argentine national football teams will face off for a chance to clinch a spot in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. This match promises to be exciting, as both squads have plenty to play for in a contest between two of South America's top teams.
Whichever team wins will be guaranteed a spot in the World Cup, but nothing is likely to come easy for either squad. Football fans worldwide could see plenty of action when the Colombian and Argentine national teams take the field.
How does Colombia stack up against Argentina?
Colombian midfielder Freddy Guarin told FIFA that his team is confident about its chances against Argentina. While Guarin acknowledged that qualifying matches are never easy, he stated that the Colombian national squad has been playing at a high level lately and hopes to stay focused during its upcoming match.
"Of course it is not easy [to compete in] qualifying matches, but with all that, we are working at a level that we can respond against any team," Guarin told the news source. "[Argentina] will come out [and] attack, as always."
Ahram Online points out that Colombia was ranked seventh in FIFA's overall standings for May. However, the national squad may face an uphill battle against Argentina, a team that was rated third overall in these rankings.
What to expect from Colombia and Argentina
Colombia could use a very different approach against Argentina when the teams face off in Buenos Aires.
According to Goal.com, Colombian football coach Jose Pekerman expects to make several lineup changes, using an aggressive group of players to help spark his team's offense. Pekerman's lineup is likely to include strikers Teo Gutierrez and Radamel Falcao along with defensive midfielder Edwin Valencia.
Additionally, Argentina will be without defensive midfielder Fernando Gago for the contest. Gago had partnered with defensive midfielder Javier Mascherano to provide support in the middle, but the Argentine squad will look to Lucas Biglia to serve as a viable replacement.
Argentine forward Lionel Messi may also be absent during the matchup against Colombia. Alejandro Sabella, Argentine football coach, has yet to confirm whether Messi will be able to play, as his presence could noticeably affect both squads.
Plenty is at stake for the Colombian and Argentine national teams in this World Cup qualifier, and the matchup could be action-packed, making it a memorable game to watch for football fans around the globe.
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