Defensively sound in their Copa América (CA) opener vs Argentina (W 2-0), Colombia has now kept a clean sheet in each of their last four victories, although don’t bank on them getting the job done early – three of Colombia’s last six victories saw them drawing at the break.
Colombia manager Carlos Quieroz has an excellent unbeaten record after seven personal engagements with Qatar (W4, D3). Impressively, no Quieroz side has ever conceded a goal against the 2022 World Cup hosts in 454 minutes of football, winning by a 1-0 or 2-0 scoreline on each of the last four occasions.
Standing Group B:
|1||Colombia||1||1||0||0||2||0||+2||3||Advance to the knockout stage|
|3||Qatar||1||0||1||0||2||2||0||1||Possible knockout stage based on ranking|
Massive underdogs for this clash despite a 2-2 draw against Paraguay in their first-ever CA match, Qatar may well still have a degree of confidence following a first Asian Cup triumph, and winning their first six matches of this calendar year ‘to nil’. Overall, Qatar has a record of W2, D3, L5 vs CONMEBOL opposition (1.9 goals conceded per match).