Colombia clinched a convincing 3-0 victory over Venezuela at the Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez on Saturday in their opening game of the South American FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers. Check out the match highlights and goals.
Duvan Zapata put the home side ahead and then Luis Muriel scored twice to sealed the win. All goals were netted in the first half. Unfortunately, Santiago Arias suffered a serious injury during the game and will be sidelined for at least four months. Now, Colombia share the lead of the South American World Cup Qualifiers standings with Argentina and Uruguay, who also won their matches.
Colombia vs Venezuela: Match Preview
Colombia and Venezuela will meet today at the Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez for the first fixture of the South American FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers. It will be the opening game for both national teams in this edition of the competition. Here, you'll find everything there is to know about this clash, including predictions, odds, storylines, match information, and even how and where to watch or live stream free the game.
Two neighbors and lifelong rivals will kick off their participation in the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers on Friday night when Colombia and Venezuela clash for much more than just the three points.
Both teams will try to go from pretenders to contenders and prove to the rest of the continent that they can also compete at the highest level even though both squads feature a lot of young players.
Colombia vs Venezuela: Match Information
Date: Friday, October 9, 2020
Time: 7:30 PM (ET)
Venue: Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez, Barranquilla, Colombia
Colombia vs Venezuela: Head-To-Head
Colombia has historically had a huge edge over Venezuela in their head-to-head matchups. Thus far, they've won 24 games with 16 ties and just 7 losses, although their recent matchups have been closer.
Colombia vs Venezuela: Storylines
It's the dawn of a new era for Venezuela. Led by the younger, most talented generation in their history and under José Peseiro's command, La Vinitinto will pursue its first-ever World Cup berth. Needless to say, that will be easier said than done.
Names of the likes of Wuilker Fariñez, Yefferson Soteldo, Darwin Machís, Yangel Herrera, and Rómulo Otero headline Peseiro's list for this fixture; with the notable absence of historical striker Salomón Rondón.
As for Los Cafeteros, Colombia has known how to protect their turf with bones and nails over the years, and they've become one of the strongest teams in South America right behind Brazil and Argentina.
Led by their impressive trio of James Rodríguez, Radamel Falcao, and Luis Muriel, Carlos Queiroz's team has vowed to make it back to the biggest stage in the world, and beating their neighbors at home will certainly make a statement.
How To Watch Or Live Stream Free Colombia vs Venezuela In The U.S
The FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers game between Colombia and Venezuela to be played on Friday 9 at Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez in Barranquilla, Colombia, will be broadcasted in the United States by Fanatiz and FITE.
Colombia vs Venezuela: Predictions And Odds
It seems like oddsmakers expect Colombia to hit the ground running in their first game of the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers, as they have -230 odds to win the three points. Venezuela have astronomically high odds of +750, while a tie would result in a +320 payout.
* Odds via DraftKings