Coach Néstor Lorenzo will look for his third victory in charge of the national team, while Guillermo Barros Schelotto hopes to surprise the United States
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The Colombian National Team will face Paraguay in the last game of the year. Photo: REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez (file)
This Saturday, November 19 at 8:00 p.m. (Colombian time) The Colombian National Team will play its last match of 2022 against Paraguay. A game that on paper does not have much significance because the two teams will meet on the eve from the start of the World Cup in Qatar 2022, but which could benefit coach Néstor Lorenzo for 2023.
The game will take place at the Lockhart Stadiumfrom the city of Fort Lauderdale, in Florida, United States and in this way the Colombian National Team will end the year as it began, with a friendly game on North American soil. On January 14, the team, led by Reinaldo Rueda, faced Honduras at the same stadium and won 2-1 with goals from Juan Fernando Quintero and Andrés Colorado.
The national team, which has been concentrating in the United States for several days, hopes to end 2022 with another victory, the third that could be accumulated by coach Néstor Lorenzounder the command of the national team. In front will be a rival who in recent years has not been able to stand out and is looking, through coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto.
The Argentine coach, Néstor Lorenzo, will seek his third victory in command of the Tricolor. Photo: REUTERS/Luisa González (File)
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The game between these two teams could bring some positive aspects for the coach Néstor Lorenzo, who could take advantage of this duel to get to know some new players first-hand, as well as try some styles of games that allow him to gradually assemble a consolidated team for the South American Qualifiers of the World Cup in Mexico, the United States and Canada 2026.
To this is also added the emotional moment of the team that, despite still feeling the bitter taste of not participating in the World Cup in Qatar 2022,It has been improving in terms of results. Coach Néstor Lorenzo will lead his third game with the 'Tricolor' and in his first two outings he was victorious, 4-1 against Guatemala and turned the score against Mexico, signing a 3-2. Against Paraguay he hopes to be able to consolidate a new victory.
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< p class="paragraph">It is no secret that not having qualified for the World Cup had a huge impact on the group of players that make up the Colombian National Team, since for some of them it was the first time they could participate in a World Cup and in other cases it could have been the last chance. However, Néstor Lorenzo's team remains convinced that they can improve on what was done in the last Qualifiers and they dream of qualifying for the next competition.
The last time the teams from < b>Colombia and ParaguayThey faced each other on November 16, 2021 for the Qatar 2022 Qualifiers. That match ended goalless but had James Rodríguez as its main protagonist, who returned to the national team after a long time. During that time, Reinaldo Rueda's team was going through its best moment since they had a drought of goals and victories, something that ended up taking its toll on their qualification for the World Cup.
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The Colombian striker, Radamel Falcao García, was one of the players called up by Néstor Lorenzo for the next game. Photo: Colprensa
Colombia National Team: David Ospina, Daniel Muñoz, Carlos Cuesta, Dávinson Sánchez, Frank Fabra ; Eduard Atuesta, Jefferson Lerma; Rafael Santos Borré, James Rodríguez, Jhon Arias; Falcao García – DT: Néstor Lorenzo
Paraguay National Team: Juan Espínola, Iván Ramírez, Gustavo Gómez, Iván Ramírez, Bruno Valdez, Mathías Villasanti, Richard Ortiz, Lorenzo Melgarejo, Jesús Medina, Derlis González and Sebastián Ferreira. – DT: Guillermo Barros Schelotto