The CNF national football team trained at the Pacaembu stadium in Sao Paulo on Tuesday, with all their squad, ahead of next Friday’s match in the quarterfinals of the Copa América Brazil 2019 against Chile.
Those led by Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz practiced with the presence of goalkeeper David Ospina, who joined the group on Monday night in Sao Paulo after traveling to Colombia for family matters that have to do with the delicate health of his team. father in the city of Medellín.
With all the group together and after the exercises with the ball, Queiroz gathered all the players in his already customary “ritual” of beginning of practice with a circle in which the coach passes messages to his pupils, always embraced.
Then, in an atmosphere of camaraderie, the players celebrated the birthday of attacker Roger Martinez, who on Sunday turned 25, just as Colombia defeated Paraguay 1-0 in Salvador de Bahia and finished unbeaten as first of Group B with nine points, four goals in favor and none against.
The players also took the opportunity to “baptize” the young Johan Carbonero, an attacker who, after participating in the U-20 World Cup in Poland, joined the group to replace the injured Luis Fernando Muriel, although by regulation he will not be able to participate in the tournament because the Low came after the first game.
In the fifteen minutes open for the graphic press, Queiroz and his assistant, the former Portuguese athlete Ocean, commanded the racing sessions, while the archer coach, former Colombian international Eduardo Nino, worked with Ospina, Álvaro Montero and Camilo Vargas. three Colombian goalkeepers.
Colombia finished as first of Group B with nine points, product of its victories over Argentina (2-0), in Salvador de Bahía; Qatar (1-0), in Sao Paulo, and Paraguay (0-1), again in Salvador. Chile, meanwhile, finished the first phase as second of Group C with four points, after their 4-0 triumph over Japan, in Sao Paulo, and 1-2 against Ecuador, in Salvador. (The first phase of the Copa America in 10 phrases to remember)
After the defeat against Uruguay in Rio de Janeiro, Monday night by 1-0, the Chilean team is expected this Tuesday in Sao Paulo to ready their match of the next phase against the Colombians.