The coffee group and the Tri will debut in Group B after the opening game that Brazil and Venezuela will animate. Peru, which was released on the first date, completes the zone.
Colombia, in an improved version compared to the one it showed until last year, will face Ecuador, led by Argentine coach Gustavo Alfaro and in a low football moment, in a match valid for the first date of Group B of the Copa América, completed by the host Brazil, Venezuela and Peru.
The match will be played this Sunday starting at 9 p.m. at the Arena Pantanal stadium, located in the Brazilian city of Cuiabá, with the arbitration of Argentine Néstor Pitana, and with his compatriot Mauro Vigliano in the VAR, plus the television of TyC Sports.
The coffee team will play the Copa América for the 18th. On a consecutive occasion and hoping to repeat what it did in the 2001 edition when it lifted the title for the only time, La Tri never won the tournament. Only three times made it through the group stage.
Last year, the Colombian national team had a turning point when he lost in the South American Qualifiers with Ecuador in Quito by a historic 6-1, which marked the end of the cycle of Portuguese DT Carlos Quiróz and his replacement by Reinaldo Rueda.
At the start of the new cycle, Colombia improved in the playoffs with a win over Peru by 3-0 in Lima and an agonizing draw in Barranquilla to Argentina (2-2) in a match that was two goals down.
The Colombian figures are goalkeeper David Ospina , defender Yerry Mina , midfielders Juan Guillermo Cuadrado and Edwin Cardona, and strikers Duvan Zapata and Luis Fernando Muriel , since in this edition there will be no international figures James Rodríguez, Juanfer Quintero and Radamel Falcao.
On the Ecuadorian side, the cycle of Alfaro, former Boca coach, among other clubs, reached its peak with the win over Colombia. Still, in the restart of the qualifying competition towards Qatar 2022, he suffered two setbacks, one logical against Brazil (2 -0) as a visitor and another unexpected home against Peru (2-1).
The team led by Lechuga announces the 35-year-old Argentine nationalized Damián “Kitu” Díaz as the starter , and the defender Piero Hincapié, a figure from Talleres de Córdoba , will also play .
Colombia : David Ospina; Stefan Medina, Yerry Mina, Davinson Sánchez and William Tesillo; Gustavo Cuéllar, Matheus Uribe, Juan Guillermo Cuadrado and Luis Díaz; Duvan Zapata and Luis Fernando Muriel. DT: Reinaldo Rueda.
Ecuador : Pedro Ortíz; Xavier Arreaga, Pervis Estupiñán, Piero Hincapié and Angelo Preciado; Christian Noboa, Alan Franco, Damián Díaz and Gonzalo Plata; Leonardo Campana and Fidel Martínez or Enner Valencia. DT: Gustavo Alfaro.
Referee : Néstor Pitana, from Argentina.
Field: Arena Pantanal Stadium, located in Cuiabá, Brazil.
Start time: 21
TV: TyC Sports.