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Written By Albert Echatah

In a tantalising semi-final matchup on Wednesday, at the Bank of America Stadium in North Carolina, Uruguay and Colombia will square off for the chance to feature in the Copa America final. In the quarterfinals, Colombia hammered Panama 5-0, while Uruguay defeated Brazil via penalty shootout.


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Uruguay

Uruguay prevented Brazil from scoring in regulation time despite Marcelo Bielsa’s men suffering devastating blows at the backline, La Celeste eventually eliminated Brazil on penalties, in which Sergio Rochet saved the spot kicks of Eder Militao and Douglas Luiz.

Uruguay haven’t made it to the final since winning their 15th Copa America trophy in 2011, a trip to Florida is a very feasible goal for a team that have now won five straight games. Only one goal has been conceded by Bielsa’s team throughout that period, which came against Panama in their first group game.

Colombia

Colombia faced no such defensive issues in their quarterfinal matchup against Panama, La Tricolour scored five goals through five different scorers to advance to the last four. On Saturday, Colombia set numerous records, including the largest margin of victory in a Copa America game.

Since losing to Argentina in 2022, Colombia have gone 27 games unbeaten in all competitions. Ever since Colombia’s lone triumph at this prestigious tournament in 2001, they have failed to advance to the Copa America final. La Tricolour’s past two meetings with Uruguay have ended in stalemates.

Head To Head

Uruguay and Colombia have played roughly eighteen times. With about 8 wins, Uruguay are in the lead, followed by Colombia with 4 wins.

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Key Performers

Darwin Núñez has been amazing for Uruguay. The 25-year-old is very dangerous in front of goal due to his pace and movement. Watch out for Núñez runs behind the Colombian defense

James Rodriguez is still a mercurial creator. As shown by his goal contributions in Colombia’s quarterfinal clash with Panama, he can score as well as create opportunities for his teammates with his pinpoint passes.

Verdict

Uruguay’s defensive prowess has been nothing short of spectacular, but a change in lineup could be a recipe for disaster against a fearless Colombian team. Although Bielsa’s team will undoubtedly challenge Colombia, we still find it hard to imagine Néstor Lorenzo’s team failing to advance to the final.

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