Uruguay is going to play against Colombia in the FIFA World Cup pre quarter final match at Estadio de Maracana on the upcoming Saturday.
Both the teams played some fantastic football in the group round. Uruguay, although, had not got off to the best of starts as in their very first game, they had been handed 1-3 humiliation by Costa Rica, but, the way they recovered from that loss was remarkable. They beat two strong teams i.e. England and Italy in their last two matches to advance to the Round of 16.
The inclusion of the star player Luis Suarez in the line up made a big difference for Uruguay. The Liverpool forward was on the sidelines in the game against Costa Rica and Uruguay’s attack didn’t look that penetrative. But, as soon as he came in against England, La Celeste appeared to have much more firepower upfront.
According to the latest betting on Euro 2016, Uruguay went from outsiders to even money when it was announced that Suarez would be coming back into the first-team.
However, the bad news for the Uruguay supporters is that Suarez might not play in the game against Colombia. He has been accused of biting one of the opponent players in the Italy game and he might end up getting suspended for the whole tournament for that.
If that happens, Uruguay would get weakened significantly, especially their attack. At a time when Diego Forlan is not in great rhythm, they were heavily relying on Suarez.
As far as Colombia is concerned, they had a dream run in the group round. They won all their Group matches there and that too quite convincingly. Against Japan, they were not playing with their strongest squad, but, despite that, they won by 4-1 which suggests that they have got great bench strength too.
It’s going to be extremely difficult for Uruguay to stop Colombia without the services of Suarez.