Colombia prepares for World Cup qualifier matchup against Peru
The Colombian national football team will look to build on its recent success during its upcoming matchup with Peru. The contest, which will take place on June 11, 2013, pits two squads against one another that have posted relatively positive results in the World Cup qualifiers thus far.
In its most recent match, Colombia battled Argentina to a 0-0 draw in the South American qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup. While Argentina remains on track for an automatic qualifying berth, Colombia moved into second place ahead of Ecuador based on goal differential.
Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina told The Associated Press that both his squad and the Argentine team played a hard-fought, even match.
''We had lots of possession[s] and [Argentina's players] had chances to score [as well],'' Ospina told the news source.
Peru poses challenges for Colombia
The Peru national squad, currently sixth in the standings, has built momentum in some of its recent matches. In its last contest, a matchup against Ecuador, Peru sealed a 1-0 victory thanks to a goal by forward Claudio Pizzaro.
To earn a place in the 2014 World Cup, South American squads must finish in the top four spots in the qualifiers. Each of these squads receives an automatic berth in next year's tournament, which makes it more important than ever for Colombia to be prepared for its contest against Peru.
With 20 points after 11 games, Colombia remains five points behind Argentina in the overall standings. However, the Colombian squad has an amazing opportunity with a strong showing against Peru.
Home-field advantage important
To date, home-field advantage has played a crucial part in various squads' success in the World Cup qualifiers. According to BBC Sport, home teams are 30-9 overall in the competition so far, a trend that Colombia hopes to capitalize on during its next match.
Entering its upcoming match against Colombia, the Peru national team has gone 20 consecutive contests without a road victory. Because Colombia is closing in on its first World Cup spot since 1998, this team has plenty to gain if it plays well against Peru. However, the Colombian national team must stay focused on its immediate goals to play well against a competitive Peruvian squad.
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