Colombia

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Preview

Colombia were coming into the 1990 World Cup qualification as an emerging force to be reckoned with in South America. Having performed modestly in most recent qualifications and never really come close to qualifying, there were clear signs over the last couple of years indicating that this team had improved vastly and become a real contender for a place in the World Cup. 

The man rightly credited for this turn of fortune, was manager Francisco “Paco” Maturana (1987– ). A dentist by profession, Maturana had brought new ideas to the national team and in a short time managed to develop a new, distinct style for La Tricolor. His philosophy was that of a possession-based game, focusing on short passing and keeping the ball within the team, that evidently suited well to Colombia’s current crop of players and enchanted the home audiences. Read more…

Results

Qualifier 1
20.08.1989: Colombia 2-0 Ecuador
Goals: Iguarán (2)
Line-up (4-4-2): Higuita – Wilson Pérez, Perea, Escobar, Villa – Álvarez, Ricardo Pérez, Redín, Valderrama (c) – Usuriaga (Hernández 69), Iguarán (Fajardo 81) 
A winning start to the qualification was all that mattered to Maturana’s Colombia, and they got their win in quite comfortable fashion, as they were rarely threatened defensively. Right-back Pérez assisted 32 year old striker Iguarán for both goals, both brilliantly executed headers, and substitute Fajardo rammed the bar late on with another header. The Colombians had a stronger core than their opponents, with Perea/Escobar in control at the back, Ricardo Pérez bossing the midfield, Redín providing plenty of power in the transitions, and Iguarán with his two classy strikes. The full-backs were also highly active, and not least important elements in their narrow 4-4-2. 

Qualifier 2
27.08.1989: Paraguay 2-1 Colombia
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Qualifier 3
03.09.1989: Ecuador 0-0 Colombia
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Qualifier 4
17.09.1989: Colombia 2-1 Paraguay
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Qualifier play-off
15.10.1989: Colombia 1-0 Israel
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Qualifier play-off
30.10.1989: Israel 0-0 Colombia
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Conclusion

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Final position: 1 (out of 3 – qualified through intercontinental play-off)
Total record: 4 2 1 1 5-3 5
Home record: 2 2 0 0 4-1 4
Away record: 2 0 1 1 1-2 1

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– overview

– game by game

PlayerEcu (h)Par (a)Ecu (a)Par (h)AppsMins
Higuita90
Wilson Pérez90
Perea90
Escobar90
Villa90
Álvarez90
Ricardo Pérez90
Redín90
Valderrama90
Usuriaga69
Iguarán81
Hernández21
Fajardo9
NiñoR
MendozaR
Gómez, GabrielR

– ratings

Post-qualification

Orange Bowl Cup
02.02.1990: Uruguay 2-0 Colombia (neutral ground in Miami, USA)
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Orange Bowl Cup
04.02.1990: USA 1-1 Colombia
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Friendly
20.02.1990: Colombia 0-0 Soviet Union (neutral ground in Los Angeles, USA)
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17.04.1990: Mexico 2-0 Colombia (neutral ground in Los Angeles, USA)
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22.04.1990: USA 0-1 Colombia
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04.05.1990: Colombia 2-1 Poland (neutral ground in Chicago, USA)
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26.05.1990: Egypt 1-1 Colombia
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02.06.1990: Hungary 3-1 Colombia
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