this Friday rival and headquarters are defined; Colombia looks askance

FIFA confirmed that this Friday, November 26 The repechage draw will be made for the team that finishes fifth in the 2022 World Cup Qualifier. His rival will come from Asia, Oceania or CONCACAF. Colombia is fourth but the table is very tight.

After the draw, The two qualifying matches will be played next June 2022, on the 13th and 14th, becoming the last commitments of the preliminary phase of the FIFA World Cup. Both matches will take place on a neutral court and only one match will be played. There will be no back and forth games as in previous playoffs.

In this way, if the Colombian National Team will finish the qualifying rounds in fifth place, it would have to play a play-off against one of the teams classified by the confederations of Asia, CONCACAF or Oceania.

Given these measures, the team could face quite strong teams such as Mexico, the United States, Japan or Australia.

Possible rivals

Oceania: In this confederation it seems that everything is defined, because by antecedents the selection that could stay with the playoffs is New Zealand. This continent does not give any direct ticket to the World Cup and the winner of these qualifiers directly wins the opportunity to play a match to qualify for Qatar 2022.

Asia: In this continent the qualifiers are very even and any of the strong teams could win the playoffs. The format of this confederation is of two groups with 6 members each. The first two of each table of positions go directly to the World Cup and the third parties face to know who goes to the play-offs.

At the moment six dates of the third round have been disputed, and with four remaining until the qualifying rounds are finished, there are several teams that would be contesting a key to know the team that plays the playoffs. For Group A, the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon and Iraq are in a heads up to win the quota.

In Group B, everything is very even but at the moment Japan is second with 12 points, while Australia is third with 11 points. Everything seems to indicate that between these two teams the team that will play the repechage will come out.

CONCACAF: In the American confederation the situation is also very even since almost all the teams are with the same points. They are disputing the final octagonal, however, nothing is defined because there are still six dates missing. On this side, the first three qualify for the World Cup, while the fourth plays the playoffs.

The standings table is as follows:

Canada (16 pts) United States (15 pts) Mexico (14 pts) Panama (14 pts) Costa Rica (9 pts) Colombia and a historic playoff to return to the World Cup

The Colombian National Team already knows what it is to play a playoff to go to a FIFA World Cup. He had to play it in 1989 to be able to go Italy 90. Everything happened under the leadership of coach Francisco Maturana and with great players such as Carlos el ‘Pibe’ Valderrama, René Higuita, Leonel Álvarez, Andrés Escobar, Bernardo Redín, Arnoldo Iguarán and Albeiro Usurriaga.

On that occasion, he faced the Israel National Team in a key with round-trip matches. The first game was played on October 15, 1989 at the Metropolitan Stadium in the city of Barranquilla.. The hero of the day was Albeiro ‘Palomo’ Usurriaga who gave the Colombian team a 1-0 victory.

The second match played on October 30, 1989 at the Ramat-Gan stadium, very close to the city of Tel Aviv, Israel, ended level 0-0, a result that allowed Colombia to return to a World Cup event after 28 years, then of his last participation the Chile 62.

Set made a brilliant appearance in Italy where they drew with Germany 1-1 in the group stage and qualified for the round of 16, losing in this phase against Cameroon, in overtime.

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