Colombia’s quest to win the 2011 U-20 World Cup on home soil continues tonight when they face Mexico in Bogota at the quarter final stage of the competition.
Eduardo Lara’s charges laboured to their last sixteen 3-2 victory over Costa Rica, while Mexico triumphed on penalties against Cameroon.
The tie is a rematch of the Toulon Tournament semi-final from June, a match Colombia won 2-1 on their way to winning the trophy, but star forward James Rodriguez doesn’t believe that match can be taken as a guide to how tonight’s will play out. “I haven’t seen much of Mexico, but I think here in Bogota the match will be different to in Toulon. There was no audience there, but here we have our people to raise us to a higher level.”
Colombian defender Jeison Murillo will miss the match after accumulating two yellow cards, with Luciano Ospina most likely to deputise. Héctor Quiñones has overcome the knock that saw him miss the second half of the win over Costa Rica and is expected to retain his place in the starting eleven.
Colombia will therefore most likely line-up as follows: Cristian Bonilla, Santiago Arias, Pedro Franco, Luciano Ospina, Héctor Quiñones; Didier Moreno, Juan David Cabezas; James Rodríguez, Michael Ortega, Adolfo Valencia; Luis Muriel.
Mexico, coached by Juan Carlos Chavez, are likely to line-up as follows: José Antonio Rodríguez, Héctor Acosta, Néstor Araujo, Diego Reyes, Carlos Emilio Orrantia; César Ibáñez, Jorge Enríquez, Diego de Buen, Ulises Dávila; Alan Pulido, Erick Torres.
All matches from the U-20 World Cup are available to view via internet stream on FIFA.com in certain territories, including the UK. From the link, click on the ‘FIFA.com TV Live’ box on the right hand side of the screen, which looks like this:
Colombia vs Mexico kicks off at 20:00 Colombian time, which is 02:00 Sunday morning UK time, 03:00 CET, 18:00 US West Coast and 21:00 US East Coast.