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Copa America

  • 10 July 2011
  • • 20:00
  • • Estadio Brigadier General Estanislao López, Ciudad de Santa Fe, Provincia de Santa Fe
  • Referee: F. Chacon
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Colombia - Bolivia Preview: Hernan Gomez's side aims to progress to Copa America knockout stages without conceding

Colombia - Bolivia Preview: Hernan Gomez's side aims to progress to Copa America knockout stages without conceding

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Santa Fe will host the showdown as both sides look to clinch a spot in the quarter-finals of the Copa America, with the result potentially impacting on host nation Argentina


PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Colombia: Martinez; Zuniga, Yepes, Perea, Armero; Sanchez, Guarin, Aguilar, Moreno, Ramos; Falcao
 

Colombia

Hernan Gomez will go for a similar line-up to the first two games with Radamel Falcao as the lone striker. Dayro Moreno and Adrian Ramos will support the Porto star from behind. At the back, the defence remains the same as they look to finish the group stage without conceding a goal.


Bolivia: Arias; Raldes, Alvarez, Amador, Hoyos; Garcia, Chavez, Campos; Rojas, Arce, Martins



Bolivia


Gustavo Quinteros will stick with Edivaldo Rojas, Marcelo Martins and Juan Carlos Arce up top. Elsewhere, there are several changes as Ronald Rivero and Walter Flores each received a red card against Costa Rica. Santos Amador and Miguel Hoyos join the defence with Ronald Garcia and Jose Chavez earning a starting spot in the midfield.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Colombia sit in first place in Group A as they look to earn their second Copa America title.
  • Falcao, who scored 39 goals in 42 games for Porto this season, has not found the net in two games so far in Argentina.
  • Luis Martinez is the only goalkeeper from Group A to not have allowed a goal thus far in the tournament.
  • Gustavo Ramos scored Colombia's goal in their 1-0 victory over Costa Rica in their first match of the tournament. The striker plays his club football for Hertha Berlin of Germany and was the top scorer this past season with 15 goals. 
  • Colombia will advance to the quarter-finals as long as they avoid defeat by more than two goals.
  • Bolivia have not made it past the group stage of the Copa America since they hosted the tournament in 1997, where they lost in the final to Brazil. 
  • To break the streak of four straight tournaments without knockout stage qualification, they will need to beat Colombia by at least two goals.
  • Gustavo Quinteros, the coach of Bolivia, was born in Santa Fe, Argentina. The battle against Colombia will take place in the city in which he was born.
  • In the past six months, Bolivia have played seven contests, including two games in the Copa. They have not won any of those games, losing four and drawing three.
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