Spain – Colombia (International Friendlies)
Spain national team and Colombia national team will face each other this Wednesday at Estadio Nuevo Condomina, in Murcia, in a friendly match. After beating France in a friendly match, back in March, Spain are now ready to play they last friendly encounter before facing Macedonia in the qualification games for the 2018 World Cup, where they are in great form. Colombia, on their turn, has won their last two matches, both for the 2018 World Cup qualification, against Bolivia and Equator, and this will be their last friendly until the end of August.
Spain’s last match was in March, where they won against Israel for the Group G 5th round of the 2018 World Cup, and have beaten France after that in a friendly match, getting now ready for their last friendly before starting to fight to secure access to Russia in 2018. In the Group G of the 2018 World Cup qualification, Spain is the group leader with the same 13 points than 2nd placed Italy, so it is imperative to win all the upcoming matches by a comfortable margin, since they are only in 1st place thanks to a superior goal margin. The Fury have a very talented national squad, with a very strong backbone, starting with David de Gea in goal, Sergio Ramos and Piqué at the heart of the defense, midfielders like Iniesta, Busquets, David Silva and Thiago Alcântara, and Morata, Asensio and Diego Costa as forwards.
In their last 5 matches, Spain has a record of 4 victories and 1 defeat. This sequence of results started with a 0-2 victory over Albania. This result was followed by 4-0 victory over Macedonia, a 2-2 draw against England, a 4-1 victory over Israel, and in their last match, a 0-2 victory against France, in a friendly match.
Probable Lineup: Gea – Roberto , Azpilicueta, Piqué and Alba – David Silva, Busquets and Alcântara – Pedro, Costa and Vitolo.
Colombia, on their turn, have played their only friendly match of the year back in January, where they were defeated against Brazil, but redeemed themselves with two consecutive victories in the 2018 World Cup qualifications, beating Bolivia and Equator. In the South American qualification table, Colombia are 2nd placed with 24 points, but are far from having a place secured in the 2018 World Cup, so it is very important for them to take this match seriously and get well prepared for the upcoming matches.
The Colombians have some very well known names of the european football in their squad, such as Ospina, Arsenal goal-keeper, Zapata, AC Milan defender, Carlos Sánchez and James Rodríguez, Fiorentina and Real Madrid midfielders, Cuadrado, Bacca and Falcao, Juventus, AC Milan and AS Monaco forwards.
In their last 5 matches, Colombia has a record of 2 victories, 1 draw and 2 defeats. This sequence of results started with a 0-0 draw against Chile. This result was followed by a 3-0 defeat against Argentina, a 1-0 defeat against Brasil, a 1-0 victory over Bolivia, and in their last match, a 0-2 victory over Equator.
Probable Lineup: Ospina – Arias, Mina, Zapata and Armero – Sánchez, Aguilar and Torres – Cardona, Falcao and Muriel.
Spain has won their only direct confront in the last 46 years.
Friendly match 2011
Spain is a very talented team with some of the best players in the world, while Colombia does not have the same talent but are very fierce team and always give their until the last whistle. Expect an intense game with several chances at both ends of the pitch, although Spain should be the one to win here.