- Colombia debuted forward Miguel Borja up front.
- Radamel Falcao returns to Colombia’s squad.
- Chile with a disciplined defensive performance.
It was a cautious affair at the Estadio Metropolitano in Barranquilla, as Colombia and Chile fought each other to a standstill.
Colombia vs Chile 0-0
It was a lively start between the two contestants on matchday 11 of South American World Cup qualifying. Chile had the first chance of the game but FC Bayern München midfielder Arturo Vidal’s volley from 20 yards out missed the net. Later in the half Colombia’s James Rodriguez freekick nicely keyed up teammate Jeison Murillo for a close range header, and then just before halftime Borja received the ball in the six yard box, but Claudio Bravo did well to keep the ball out on both occasions.
Colombia’s head coach José Pékerman made one change during halftime, as Radamel Falcao celebrated his return to the national team. Fifteen minutes into the second half Chile lost Bravo to an injury, who up to this point had been the player of the game, Colombia at first, however, could not capitalize, and it was Chile with the first chance of the second half, as Jose Fuenzalida missed the net after he managed to break away from Colombia’s defence. Just before the final whistle James almost broke the deadlock, but his shot from 25 yards out was stopped by Bravo’s replacement Johnny Herrera.
Nine added minutes could not provide a winner either. Given the fact that Colombia were the better of the two teams, Chile will be happy with the draw. But given Chile’s precarious situation in World Cup qualifying a tie might not be enough for Copa América champions.
Man of the Match
Despite having to go out with an injury halfway through the second half, Bravo was the man of the match, as he was magnificent in stopping several attempts by Colombia.
Radamel Falcao has been on good form with his club AS Monaco FC scoring six goals in eight matches for his club this season. His form has earned him a recall, but the forward could not secure an important World Cup qualification victory for his national team.
- Colombia have lost just one of their last 12 World Cup qualifiers on home soil (eight wins, three draws).
- After being absent for 33 months Falcao made his return to Colombia’s squad.
- Chile have now just 17 points after matchday 11 of the South American World Cup qualification campaign.
Ospina – Arias, Mina (Torres 90’), Murillo, Diaz – Sanchez, Abel Aguilar – Berrio (Muriel 62’), James, Cardona – Borja (Falcao 45’)
Coach: José Pekerman
Bravo (Herrera 63’) – Isla, Roco, Jara, Mena – Diaz, Aranguiz (Gutierrez 73’), Vidal (Hernandez 90’)- Fuenzalida, Vargas, Beausejour
Coach: Juan Antonio Pizzi