19:30 GMT 07 June 2017
The international break returns across the world as the domestic season has come to an exciting end for another year. And as the 2018 World Cup is just a year away now, there are still plenty of qualifiers before it is decided who will progress to the biggest tournament in the world. However before the qualifiers begin in this international break, there’s a round of friendlies and one of these sees Columbia take the trip to Europe to face the Spanish national team. Both teams will be expected in Russia next year for the World Cup.
Spain and Columbia have only met once in the 21st Century and that game ended with Spain winning 1-0 back in 2011. David Silva’s 86th minute winner in that game meant that Spain didn’t lose to the South Americans in either of their games after a 1-1 in 1981.
It’s important for Spain to continue their strong form in their qualifiers as they top Group G after 5 games with 13 points on the board and a win over Columbia will give them the confidence going into their qualifier away at Macedonia. They’ll be without their Real Madrid contingent for the game as Morata, Ramos, Carvajal, Isco, Vazquez and Asensio will all miss the game due to extended leave. They shouldn’t struggle too much without them.
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The Columbians don’t have any World Cup qualifiers to worry about during this international break and with two friendlies, a win over Spain will only be beneficial as a confidence boost for the country. Falcao will be hoping to take his incredible form for Monaco into this international break and as Columbia will be missing James Rodriguez due to his Real Madrid involvement, Falcao will need to be at his best to give his country any chance of winning.
Latest matches: Colombia
Even though the fixture between Spain and Columbia is only a friendly, the competitive nature of both countries will make it as feisty as ever. Spain are favourites for the fixture with home advantage and with a World Cup qualifier just around the corner, they’ll be desperate to get a win on the board to boost confidence and morale. Spain should be able to comfortably win but aren’t known for scoring early goals so second-half goals are expected for La Roja.
07 June 2017 - 19:30 GMT
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