It will be now or never for both the teams as they will both look forward to seal a place in the final to have a real shot of becoming Copa America champion. Chile is considered the favorites after they dismantled Mexico, who performed brilliantly in the group stages with a 7-0 score line, thanks to the courtesy of Eduardo Vargas who notched four goals in the process. The Chilean team is the defending champion and will put everything on the line in order to clear Colombian obstacle.
Colombia vs. Chile: Who will move one step closer to the title?
However, the Colombian team on the other hand is leaded by Jose Peckerman who was the same man that leaded Colombia to the World Cup quarter finals and Colombia will be looking to play their first final since last time when they were crowned champions in year 2001. This is set to be a tricky encounter and will bring the best from both the teams whose performances have been decent in the tournament but not have given performance according to their standards. Both of them suffered defeats in their group stages, but it was contrasting story in the quarter finals where Colombia had a hard fought victory while Chile eased through the goal first.
Chile is a strong team on the cards as their team sheet has some famous name that includes the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal that are quite popular name in the European terms and can dictate the game with ease when it matters the most.
Chile favored a 4-3-3 combination and they have a very strong number one in the name of bravo who plays his trade for Barcelona as a first team regular. The defense is also quite solid with the likes of Mauricio Isla and Medel, who have plenty of experience on the top level. Their Medfield is blessed with the services of Arturo Vidal, who wonderful vision can make the things work for the Chilean team. Alexis Sanchez will also be a threat that Colombia has to take care of as he has the potential to blow away any team in the world with his performances.
The thing that can act as a trump card for the Colombian team is the incredible form of Eduardo Vargas, who was responsible for the goal feast against Mexico and is among the top scorer in the tournament. The form of Eduardo Vargas alone can be a major concern for the Colombia team as he may be too much to handle.
The Colombian team also has some fancy names on the team sheet like James Rodriguez, who came up with a golden boy performance in Brazil two years ago forcing a move to his dream club Real Madrid. Ospina will also be crucial for the Colombian team as it was his heroics that saved the day against Peru.
The defense is power packed and experienced including the names of arias and Zapata, who are not top class but still can contain any top notch team. What is worthwhile to watch about this team is its attack that has the services of Cudardo, Bacca and James Rodriguez.
They favor a 4-2-3-1 combination where the attack is majorly centered around their star playmaker James Rodriguez.
This is an evenly matched encounter and though Chilean team was brilliant in their quarter final, but Colombia will not be that easy to penetrate and they will also pose a greater attacking threat for the Chilean team to contain. The match is more likely to be a draw where both teams will be able to score and the spot kicks will decide the one who moves one step closer to the winner’s trophy.