Colombia and Ecuador get their Copa America campaigns underway when they face off in Group B on Monday at 1am (UK time).
Los Cafeteros are still dreaming of adding a second Copa America success to their 2001 victory, while Ecuador’s best is two semi-final appearances (last in 1993).
Where to live stream Colombia vs Ecuador:
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Where to watch Colombia vs Ecuador on TV:
- UK: BBC iPlayer
- US: Fox Sports 2
Scoreline prediction: Colombia 1-1 Ecuador
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Colombia vs Ecuador build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
Although they are one of the bigger names in South American football, Colombia enter Copa America in a strange period. They do not have talisman Radamel Falcao due injury and James Rodriguez was left out, also for fitness concerns, leaving Luis Muriel and Juan Cuadrado as the top scorers in their squad, with eight goals apiece. Copa America provides a break from World Cup qualifying for Conmebol teams and Colombia haven’t been great, winning two, drawing two and losing two of their six games so far.
One of Colombia’s two defeats came against Ecuador in November 2020, a 6-1 humiliation that La Tri will be hoping isn’t a fluke. Ecuador also go into Copa America in poor form, losing their last two World Cup qualifiers against Peru and Brazil, but they remain in the top four of the Conmebol group. If Ecuador can take inspiration from the positive results against Uruguay, Bolivia and Colombia last year, they could be a Copa America dark horse.
- Colombia (vs Argentina): Ospina; Medina, Sanchez, Mina, Tesillo; Lerma*, Cuellar, Uribe; Cuadrado, Zapata, Diaz.
- Ecuador (vs Peru): Dominguez; Perlaza, Arreaga, Arboleda, Estupinan; M Caicdeo, Mendez, Carabali; Mena, J Caicedo, Estrada.
Jefferson Lerma has dropped out of Colombia’s Copa America squad due to personal reasons. Ecuador have no fresh concerns.
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Players to watch:
- Colombia: As mentioned, Luis Muriel is the joint-top scorer in the current Colombia squad, and they will be hoping he can build on an excellent 2020/21 season to fire them to Copa America glory. The 30-year-old scored 22 goals in Serie A for Atalanta last season despite playing just 1,433 minutes, with only Cristiano Ronaldo (29) and Romelu Lukaku (24) managing more – though they couldn’t touch his per 90 minutes average of 1.38. Muriel also came off the bench against Argentina in the final World Cup qualifier to start Colombia’s comeback, scoring from the penalty spot in the 2-2 draw. Whether he starts or comes on as a substitute, Muriel will be key.
- Ecuador: Leading the line for Ecuador and hoping to get his first goal for the national will be Jordy Caicedo, one of their recent call-ups. Caicedo only made his senior Ecuador debut last week, coming off the bench in the 2-0 defeat to Brazil and had his first start against Peru just a few days later. Although he did not score in either match, Caicedo entered the summer international period in decent form for club side CSKA Sofia. Joining from Brazilian side Vitoria, Caicedo scored nine goals in 19 games across all competitions to help CSKA Sofia finish third and win the Bulgarian Cup, securing a spot in the Europa Conference League second qualifying round. If he can find that form on the international stage, Ecuador could get off to a good start.