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Uruguay vs Colombia Copa America live stream, confirmed team news and predicted XIs

By Squawka News

Published: 7:30, 10 July 2024

One step away from a potentially historic Copa America final place, Uruguay and Colombia clash in a mouthwatering semi-final at Bank of America Stadium in North Carolina in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Uruguay, who overcame Brazil on penalties in their quarter-final, are currently tied with Argentina for the most titles in the tournament’s history.

La Celeste are hungry for a 16th South American crown, which would be their first since 2011.

Colombia, meanwhile, are looking to break a 23-year title drought and lift the Copa America for only the second time.

La Tricolor secured their last-four berth with a 5-0 pummelling of Panama to extend their unbeaten run to a staggering 27 games.

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Rodriguez is rolling back the years

Uruguay were forced to dig in for a 0-0 draw with Brazil after going down to 10 men in a bruising encounter that featured 41 fouls and only four shots on target.

Full-back Nahitan Nandez was sent off on 74 minutes for a horrendous studs-up tackle on Rodrygo, but with no extra-time scheduled, Uruguay held out until the final whistle heralded a shoot-out.

Sergio Rochet saved Brazil’s first spot-kick and substitute Douglas Luiz hit the post with their third to give Uruguay the upper hand.

Alisson denied Jose Gimenez before Gabriel Martinelli converted Brazil’s fourth to sustain the Samba stars’ hopes, but Manuel Ugarte buried the decisive kick as Uruguay advanced.

The drama levels were dialled down for Colombia’s quarter-final against Panama – one of two Concacaf representatives to make it to the last eight.

Nestor Lorenzo’s side cruised to a 5-0 win with James Rodriguez at the forefront of a devastating attacking performance.

The ex-Everton man, who finished as the top scorer at the 2014 World Cup, continued his renaissance with a goal and two assists in the first half.

Rodriguez became just the second player on record to set up five goals in one Copa America campaign since data became available in 2011.

And Colombia now only need to avoid being beaten once more to set a new all-time record of 28 successive matches without defeat.

Uruguay vs Colombia team news

After making only one change to his starting XI across Uruguay’s first four games, Bielsa will be forced to make two for the semi-final.

Right-back Nandez serves a suspension after seeing red in the quarter-final and centre-back Ronald Araujo limped off in that game with a serious muscle injury.

Ex-Manchester United defender Guillermo Varela is the likely choice at full-back, with national team skipper Jose Gimenez set to replace Araujo alongside Mathias Olivera.

Jefferson Lerma returns to the fold after missing Colombia’s quarter-final because he had collected two yellow cards in the group stage.

He will slot in alongside Richard Rios in the centre of midfield, with Mateus Uribe dropping back to the bench.

That will probably be the only alteration to a settled 4-2-3-1 set-up, where FC Krasnodar striker Jhon Cordoba has been preferred to Rafael Santos Borre since the second group game.

Uruguay vs Colombia predicted line-ups

Uruguay (4-2-3-1): Rochet; Vina, Olivera, Gimenez, Varela; Valverde, Ugarte; M.Araujo, De la Cruz, Pellestri; Nunez.

Colombia (4-2-3-1): Vargas; Mojica, Cuesta, Sanchez, Munoz; Lerma, Rios; Diaz, Lucas James Rodriguez, Arias; Cordoba.