Colombia v Uruguay: Round of 16 - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

The Copa America games are going on just well and kind of one-sided, and you may check our fixtures list if you haven’t been following. From the last games so far, here are talking points as the most-skillful football teams on earth continue their mission of landing that coveted trophy on its 100th edition.

ARGENTINA ARE NO BARCELONA

Barcelona have been accused many times of being Messi-dependent. Despite the presence of Neymar and Suarez, the Catalans at times might look completely lost without their star man. But not Argentina. Having passed their toughest test in Group D by handing Chile a 2 – 1 defeat, they are surely bound for the next round and are still one of the favorites for the title. The duo of Di Maria and Ever Banega put the Chileans to the sword in quick succession after the 1st half break, and with Panama and Bolivia their other group fixtures, their skipper might as well get all the needed rest without having to feature for much minutes. Maybe Messi playing the game against Chile might have even seen them play out a draw or lose. Or perhaps won by more goals. We never can tell, but we sure are now convinced that La Albiceleste doesn’t need Messi to win its battles all the time.

THE U.S.A TEAM ISN’T REALLY POOR AGAINST POOR TEAMS

The hosts responded critics by putting 4 unreplied goals past Costa Rica. No better way to get back on their feet after that Colombia loss. However, they could be needing all 3 points against Paraguay to go through to the next rounds, and that’s when they really need a lot of convincing to do. Costa Rica have not been impressive, and like they have shown in other games, the U.S aren’t a side to play badly against a bad team. The result didn’t tell of their brilliance, it only reflected Costa Rica’s poorness. However, nothing should be taken away from the Klinsmann-led side though. But they haven’t done anything spectacular until they get that victory against Paraguay.

COLUMBIA CAN AS WELL WIN THE TOURNAMENT

The 1st team to advance to the quarterfinals has got all it takes to challenge and win the Copa America title no doubt. Colombia have proved themselves in their last outings at the World Cup and Copa. They aren’t a side to be easily ignored giving their teamwork and style of play. On both occasions, they narrowly lost to Brazil and Argentina respectively, and the results could have as well gone either way. With 4 goals in 2 tough games, and only 1 conceded, this side might just be the team to beat as the competition goes by. Skipper, James (pronounced Hamez) Rodriguez has shown he’s capable of leading his team to glory, and it sure has all it takes to emerge champions.

LIKE TAHITI, LIKE HAITI

The Brazil team ran riot by handing underdogs, Haiti a 7 – 1 mauling with Liverpool attacker, Philippe Coutinho finding the back of the net on 3 occasions. After a contentious goalless draw the last time against Ecuador, the Samba boys put out a great performance against the 74th-ranked team in the world. But any team would have easily done that against the Gold Cup quarter-finalists. It wasn’t a thing of “No Neymar No Problemo”, it was just a poor Haiti side that reminded us all of the double-digits conceding Tahiti team from the last confederations cup.

Paul Koroma

I learned all about life with a ball at my feet. Soccer allows me to push the limitation of creativity and express myself without saying a word. Soccer is my addiction. I train. I play, and I repeat every single day.

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