Colombia

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
Goal: Iguarán
Line-up (4-4-2): Higuita – Wilson Pérez, Perea, Escobar, Hoyos – Álvarez, Ricardo Pérez (Hernández 69), Redín, Valderrama (c) – Galeano (Usuriaga 59), Iguarán
Following their polished performance the previous week, Colombia were looking to take a point back from Asunción. There had been two changes to the side, with Villa and Usuriaga dropping out. Their replacements hardly excelled. Colombia found it difficult to get going on a bumpy pitch against aggressive opponents. With more defensive tactics than last time out, they were camped inside their own half for spells, and very rarely threatened the opposition’s goal. They lost Álvarez to a red card, and already a goal down, they struggled to make inroads. An equalizer out of nowhere through Iguarán still counted for little, as Higuita conceded an injury time penalty which was subsequently conceded after a few dramatic minutes. 

Qualifier 3
03.09.1989: Ecuador 0-0 Colombia
Line-up (4-4-2): Higuita – Wilson Pérez, Perea, Escobar, Hoyos – Gabriel Gómez, Ricardo Pérez, Fajardo (Usuriaga 83), Valderrama (c) – Iguarán, Hernández (Galeano 86)
Suspension deprived Maturana of two midfield key men, as both Álvarez and Redín had to sit out. Hernández lively on his call-up to partner Iguarán as a left-sided forward, and the pair could both have got their respective signatures on the scoresheet. After a bit of a hesitant start, the game picked up, and though Colombia ultimately had the greater opportunities, they were also indebted to Higuita for thwarting the opposition. A draw probably just about the right outcome, and a vital away point claimed for the Colombians. 

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

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PlayerEcu (h)Par (a)Ecu (a)Par (h)AppsMins
Higuita9090
Wilson Pérez9090
Perea9090
Escobar9090
Villa90
Álvarez9070 (s.o.)
Ricardo Pérez9069
Redín9090
Valderrama9090
Usuriaga6931
Iguarán8190
Hernández2121
Fajardo9
NiñoRR
MendozaRR
Gómez, GabrielRR
Hoyos90
Galeano59

– 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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