With Pekerman leading them, Colombia became one of the toughest sides to beat. They switch between 4-4-1-1 and 4-3-3 formation, so changes during the match can occur.
TThey are very organized defensively and opponents had real issues to create platforms for penetration through their medium block.
- With Mina and Sanchez at the back Colombia has some pace at the back, so they are quick to cover exploited areas in between the lines.
In possession there is a tendency to attack down the right flank.
- Arias and Cuadrado can rotate on that side of the field, with Arias moving inside from that right back position in order to create space for Cuadrado to receive and get into 1v1 situations down the touchline.
A lot of balls were directed in behind the defensive line from deep in order to use Falcao’s excellent off the ball movement, with compact structure following the long ball in order to counter-press and win second balls.