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Argentina vs. Colombia live score, updates, highlights from World Cup qualifying



Two teams trending in very different directions meet on Tuesday as Colombia travels to Cordoba to take on Argentina in CONMEBOL World Cup qualification.

Argentina has already clinched, winning four of its last five qualifiers and cruising along even without Lionel Messi’s leadership. In fact, the Albiceleste sport the longest active winning streak in international soccer, sitting at 28 matches unbeaten, which dates back to July of 2019.

Colombia, meanwhile, is in a dire position. With just three matches to go, Los Cafeteros sit two points outside the qualification spots after a crushing 1-0 home defeat to Peru last time out. The loss saw Peru leap into the qualification zone despite Colombia’s dominance throughout the 90 minutes. Colombia ripped off 30 shots, accumulating an expected goals tally just shy of 3.0 xG, but came up empty on the scoresheet.

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Now, the two renew a fierce rivalry that last materialized in the 2021 Copa América semifinals, producing a thrilling 1-1 draw that saw eventual champions Argentina progress through to the final on Emiliano ‘Dibu’ Martinez’s penalty shootout heroics.

Sporting News will be following the match live and providing score updates, commentary and highlights as they happen.

Argentina vs. Colombia live score

1 HOUR 2H Final
Argentina
Colombia

goals:
None

(All times Eastern)

4:30 pm: Colombia is fighting hard for a World Cup place, but Los Cafeteros will also be on the prowl for revenge from the Copa America, when these two teams met in the semifinals, with Argentina winning in the penalty shootout. Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez saved three out of five penalties in the shootout, a memorable moment in the tournament to push Argentina towards its eventual crown.

Argentina vs. Colombian line-ups

Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni has the freedom to do as he pleases, with Argentina already qualified for the World Cup. Still, it expects to be a strong starting lineup in a rivalry match.

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Scaloni himself returns to the bench after missing the last match due to COVID-19, and Guido Rodriguez also has recovered from his positive test. The likes of Nicolas Tagliafico, Nicolas Otamendi, Rodrigo dePaul, and Leandro Paredes are all suspended for yellow card accumulation, a big chunk of contributing players to work around. Also, Leo Messi is not part of the roster for this international window due to his recent bout with COVID-19, allowing him rest with the national already secured a spot in the 2022 World Cup.

That means big changes to the starting lineup for Argentina from the 2-1 win over Chile on Thursday, including a likely rotation of the entire three-man midfield. With Paredes out, Rodriguez comes into midfield, while De Paul is replaced by Giovanni Lo Celso. Finally, Alejandro ‘Papu’ Gomez is lacking fitness, set to be replaced by Lucas Ocampos.

At the back, Otamendi is set to be replaced by German Pezzella in central defense, with Tagliafico’s spot filled by Mark Acuna. Up front, the only wrinkle from last match is Nicholas Gonzalez on the wing, who could be swapped for paulo dybala.

Argentina projected starting lineup (4-3-3): Emiliano Martinez (GK) – Montiel, Pezzella, Lisandro Martinez, Acuna – Ocampos, G. Rodriguez, Lo Celso – Dybala, Lautaro Martinez, Di Maria.

Argentina subs (9): (Lineups released one hour prior to kickoff)

Like Argentina, Colombia also has a suspension to worry about, with yerry mina out for yellow card accumulation, having already departed to rejoin Everton. that leaves William Tessillo to take his place at the back alongside Davinson-Sanchez.

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new liverpool man louis diaz will retain his place on the left, while Miguel Borgia could come into the side for Eintracht Frankfurt’s Raphael Borre on the opposite flank. Manager Reinaldo Rueda will have a call to make in midfield, either sticking with Porto’s Mateus Uribe who struggled in the loss to Peru, or switch to Brighton’s Steven Alzate.

Otherwise, it should be a very similar look for Colombia in a bounce-back opportunity.

Colombia projected starting lineup (4-3-3): Ospina (GK) – Cuadrado, Tesillo, D. Sanchez, Mojica – J. Rodriguez, Barrios, Uribe – Diaz, Falcao, Borja.

Colombia subs (9): (Lineups released one hour prior to kickoff)

How to watch Argentina vs. Colombia

  • Date: Tuesday, Feb. 1
  • Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
  • TVChannel:
  • streaming: fuboTV

The South American World Cup qualifiers are available exclusively on fuboTV in the United States.

Argentina closes out qualifying with a home game against Venezuela (March 24) and a road trip to face Ecuador (March 29). The Colombian side will play two likely must-win matches at home against Bolivia (March 24) and away to what will be an already-eliminated Venezuela (March 29).

Argentina vs. Colombia betting lines, picks & prediction

Pick: Argentina to win to zero (+210)

prediction: Argentina 2-0 Colombia

  • money line: Argentina -110 / Draw +250 / Colombia +340
  • Spread: Argentina -0.5 (-120) / Colombia +0.5 (-110)
  • O/U 2.5 total goals: Over +145 / Under -180
  • Both teams to score: Yes +115 / No -145




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