Ltie he yes the Colombian National Team is back at the Metropolitan Stadium in Barranquilla to play its last game of the year 2023 against Brazil, a match valid for the date 5 of the 2026 World Cup Qualifiers. And in both teams there were more questions than certainties, taking into account recent injuries, forced absences and the game plan for the match.
Although ‘la Tricolor’ has not lost so far and has 6 points (one win and three draws)the lack of forcefulness in the rival area is beginning to worry and makes us relive what happened in the non-qualification for the Qatar 2022 World Cup. But the Brazilians arrive without several figures and regular starters, in addition to only having 7 units because in the last eliminatory double they gave up a tie to Venezuela at home and fell resoundingly with Uruguay.
Alineacin confirmed from Colombia vs. Brazil
Before the official lineup was given to the public, the list of ‘la Tricolor’ was leaked from the Barranquilla stadium to take to the field in search of the historic victory. Minutes after confirmation by the FCF itself.
- Colombia National Team: Camilo Vargas; Daniel Muoz, Davinson Snchez, John Lucumi, Deiver Machado; Kevin Castao, Matthew Uribe, Jorge Carrascal; James RodriguezRafael Santos Borr and Luis Daz.
DT: Nstor Lorenzo.
- Brazil National Team: Alisson; Emerson Royal, Marquinhos, Gabriel Magalhes, Renan Lodi; Andrew Trinity, Bruno Guimares; Leaves, Rodrigo, Vincius Jr. and Gabriel Martinelli.
DT: Fernando Diniz.
What were the doubts in Colombia and Brazil?
For the Colombian defense there were questions with Yerry Mina and Jhon Janer Lucum, who have added few minutes in recent weeks at Fiorentina and Bologna, respectively. And on the left side there were doubts about a player offensive month as Deiver Machado the one of month marks as Cristian Borja.
In the middle, the question was whether Jefferson Lerma returned to the starting lineup, after the injury that took him out of the team’s last games, or if Kevin Castao went, who does not play much in Cruz Azul, but performed well during the visit to Ecuador. And for the offensive midfield It seemed that the gastroenteritis and muscle discomfort in the thigh did not affect James’ start.
Already up front, general opinion has cast doubts on Rafael Santos Borr, a trusted player for Nstor Lorenzo, who does not add many goals or clear opportunities with ‘the Tricolor’. And in the case of Jhon Arias, suspended for yellowleft the door open for a player with few minutes to occupy his position.
In the case of Brazil, the big question among Brazilians is whether they will comply the replacements of Ederson Moraes, Carlos Casemiro, Neymar Jr, Gabriel Jesus and Richarlison. But the substitutes are also of quality and that is why it seems that the issue is performance and not the quality or minutes of those who enter. Although the coach explained that there will be no one to assume the role of ‘Ney’.
Time and where to watch the Colombia vs. Brazil Qualifiers
Unlike previous games and reasons that many give for Colombia to have Barranquilla as its headquarters due to the heat, for this fifth game of the 2026 World Cup Qualifiers it will be played at night. Now the issue is not the high temperature due to the sun, the humidity will be the main protagonist this Thursday.
- Date and Time: 7:00 pm (Colombian time), Thursday, November 16, 2023
- Stadium: Metropolitano de Barranquilla
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