5 Reasons Why Colombia Will Lose in the World Cup Quarterfinals

Colombia's World Cup Run Ends in the Quarterfinals

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In a group with the Ivory Coast, Japan and Greece, Colombia is the highest ranked nation. Jackson Martinez says that his country has more talent than the 1994 team. That team had Carlos Valderrama but also finished last in their group. The Martinez comment has a bigger caveat in that Colombia last qualified for the World Cup in 1998. The fourth ranked FIFA nation should be better now and make it to the quarters in 2014.

5. Back End is Good Enough in the Group

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5. Back End is Good Enough in the Group

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The back end of the Colombia lineup is solid, although the defense has one of the oldest average ages in the competition. There is a 25-year-old David Ospina battling a 42-year-old Faryd Mondragon for the starting keeper job. Regardless there should be enough cohesion and communication in the back line to move out of the group. They will be challenged by Japan's speed, Greece's aerial ability and the Ivory Coast's strength.

4. Midfield is Adequate

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4. Midfield is Adequate

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The matchups in the group through the midfield seem to favor Colombia. Their midfield has a clear job to turn and pass as soon as possible to find Colombia's strength in their attack. Fortunately the midfield groups for all the teams in this group are just above average. If any team can identify a player who successfully man marks James Rodriguez, Colombia could be in trouble.

3. Lack of Depth

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3. Lack of Depth

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There is not a ton of depth for Colombia to pull from in order to keep all the players healthy in a potentially draining climate. Obviously these players are more accustomed to the weather, but it will still be tough with only about 14 players contributing. Martinez and Juan Fernando Quintero will be called on to add to the scoring, but once they have to go to the bench there could be trouble.

2. They Will Get Isolated by a Top Team

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2. They Will Get Isolated by a Top Team

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Colombia will need to win the group so they avoid a possible matchup with Italy in the Round of 16. Italy or Brazil will know exactly how to exploit the Colombia midfield and put more pressure on the right people. They will fluster the attack. However, Colombia is favored in the group and should face Uruguay in the Round of 16. They beat Uruguay 4-0 in qualifying.

1. No Falcao

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1. No Falcao

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Colombia has remained coy on the injury to Falcao, but it seems his chances of returning in time for the World Cup are 50-50 at best. He is obviously the key to the team. The chance of winning each match declines as the tournament moves along if Falcao is unavailable. Even if he is healthy, his match fitness will be in question.

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  • Sean Torres

    Ok there’s issues with what you wrote:

    First off, lack of depth? You clearly did not do your research properly if you think that Colombia is in trouble when we consistently always start Jackson and Quintero on the bench and still score a hell of a lot of goals; they’re supper subs/second choice. This team is extremely versatile and they also have the qualifying record of having more players score.

    Colombia has stepped up consistently more often than teams like Argentina or Belgium into when it came to not losing/scoring against legit real teams, so I doubt that unless they do face Brazil in the quarter finals, it’s unlikely that they’re going to suffer against a Italian team that gives up goals EASILY.

    And yes, Falcao WILL be a x-factor because he’s the best in the world when it comes to attempt goal ratios for the amount of chances that it takes to score. But he’s ONLY important in making the endless chances that Colombia provides for ALL their players. If a goal scorer gets only 1 chance, he’s the most likely player to score because of his ratio. But Colombia wouldn’t use him unless he was 100% required as a supersub.