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Liga MX in the 2018 World Cup

Mexico’s World Cup roster may have had the lowest-ever percentage of domestically-based players, but Liga MX will still boast 22 Russia-bound representatives.

Eleven Liga MX teams and one from Ascenso MX will be represented in the World Cup, where their players will suit up for seven different national teams: Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, Colombia, Argentina, Panama, and Japan.

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Liga MX in the Copa América: Argentina and Colombia, Quarterfinals

The contingent of Mexico-based players in the 2015 Copa América has dwindled significantly from the group stage, but there are still 11 Liga MX players representing four countries in the quarterfinals, and you can keep track of their involvement, results, and upcoming matches here.

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Argentina and Colombia – Quarterfinals

Argentina topped Colombia in a dramatic penalty shootout after the two teams played to a scoreless draw in regulation. Tigres UANL goalkeeper Nahuel Guzmán was once again an unused substitute for Argentina, while Alexander Mejía and Edwin Cardona, both of Monterrey, got on the field for Colombia. Mejía started and went the distance – and picked up a yellow card in the 21st minute – while Cardona came on as an early sub, replacing Teófilo Gutiérrez in just the 24th minute.

Colombia has been misfiring in front of goal all tournament, which made José Pekerman’s decision to bench Radamel Falcao particularly interesting. Despite four changes to the starting lineup for Los Cafeteros, the Colombians still couldn’t find the back of the net. Argentinian goalkeeper Sergio Romero was untested in the first half and had to make just one save all night.

On the other end of the field, David Ospina was kept busy in Colombia’s goal, stopping Javier Pastore and Ángel Di María, pulling out a double save against Sergio Agüero and then Messi, as well as tipping a Nicolás Otamendi attempt on to the post. Argentina twice hit the woodwork, but despite their pressure, the goal wouldn’t come, and the game went to penalty kicks.

Colombia went first, with James Rodríguez scoring his attempt. Lionel Messi matched him for Argentina, and Falcao, Ezequiel Garay, Juan Cuadrado and Ever Banega all made theirs to tie the two teams at 3-3.

Then came the first of the misses. Luis Muriel skied his spot kick over the bar for Colombia before Ezequiel Lavezzi converted for Argentina, putting them ahead 4-3. Edwin Cardona converted Colombia’s fifth to keep them alive, while Lucas Biglia missed his to tie the count up at 4-4 after five rounds and send the shootout to sudden death.

The teams then traded misses, with Romero saving Juan Zúñiga’s attempt and Marcos Rojo hitting the crossbar, before Jeison Murillo missed Colombia’s seventh kick to open the door for Argentina. Carlos Tévez took the seventh for La Albiceleste, and he calmly slotted the winning kick past Ospina to send Argentina into the semifinals.

Next game – Argentina: Semifinal vs Paraguay – Tuesday, June 30th – 7:30 PM BeIn Sports / BeIn Español

Next game – Colombia: N/A

Liga MX in the Copa América: Colombia, Game 3

Although the majority of the Liga MX players in the Copa América are with the Mexican national team, there are 15 other Mexico-based players participating in Chile. They’re representing Paraguay, Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina, Uruguay, and Venezuela, and you can keep track of their involvement, results, and upcoming games here.

colombia flagColombia – Group C

Neither of Colombia’s Liga MX players started this match, but Monterrey’s Alexander Mejía came on as a sub in just the 24th minute. Los Cafeteros had to settle for a 0-0 draw this afternoon against Peru, which leaves them waiting on other results to see if they can advance to the quarterfinals from a very tight Group C.

The defenses were the stars of the game in this one, although Colombia did have some threatening attacks in the opening half. Peruvian goalkeeper Pedro Gallese came up big when he needed to, with Radamel Falcao, James Rodríguez, and Jackson Martínez all wasting opportunities to give Colombia the lead.

After the early storm, Peru had a chance or two of their own, with Paolo Guerrero sending the ball wide after a nice pass from Claudio Pizarro. In the second half, it was Joel Sánchez’s turn to waste chances, with one going wide and one being stopped by Colombian keeper David Ospina.

Colombia will now hope that there is a winner in the Brazil/Venezuela game, as Los Cafeteros would then advance as a third-place team. A draw there would leave all four teams on 4 points and the convoluted tiebreakers are not in Colombia’s favor.

Monterrey’s Edwin Cardona did not play in this game.

Group C Table:

Team Games W D L GF GA GD Points
Peru 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
Colombia 3 1 1 1 1 1 0 4
Brazil 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 3
Venezuela 2 1 0 1 1 1 0 3

Next game: TBD

Update: Brazil beat Venezuela, allowing Colombia to advance in 3rd place. They will face Argentina in the quarterfinals on June 26th.

Liga MX in the Copa América: Colombia, Game 2

Although the majority of the Liga MX players in the Copa América are with the Mexican national team, there are 15 other Mexico-based players participating in Chile. They’re representing Paraguay, Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina, Uruguay, and Venezuela, and you can keep track of their involvement, results, and upcoming games here.

colombia flagColombia – Group C

Colombia shocked Brazil with a 1-0 win in their second game of the Copa América, which ties them on points with the Brazilians. Neither of Colombia’s Liga MX-based players started this match, but Alexander Mejía of Monterrey came on as a sub in the 80th minute.

The win, Colombia’s first against Brazil since 1991, came courtesy of a goal by Jeison Murillo in the 36th minute. Juan Cuadrado’s free kick from the right reached Murillo amid some confusion in the box, and the defender swept the ball past Jefferson to give his team the lead.

Cuadrado nearly added a second goal for Colombia after a great run, but his shot ended up just wide. On the other end, Roberto Firmino skied the ball over the crossbar after a mistake by David Ospina.

This game, much like their World Cup quaterfinal meeting last year, was a testy affair, finishing with 39 fouls. The tension came to a head after the final whistle, with Neymar appearing to headbutt Murillo, which kicked off a brawl between the two sides. Neymar and Carlos Bacca were both red-carded, which means they will sit out the final group stage game with a suspension.

Monterrey’s Edwin Cardona did not play in this game.

Group C Table:

Team Games W D L GF GA GD Points
Venezuela 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3
Brazil 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 3
Colombia 2 1 0 1 1 1 0 3
Peru 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0

Next Game: vs Peru – Sunday, June 21st – 3:00 PM – BeIN Sports / BeIN Español

Liga MX in the Copa América: Colombia and Venezuela, Game 1

Although the majority of the Liga MX players in the Copa América are with the Mexican national team, there are 15 other Mexico-based players participating in Chile. They’re representing Paraguay, Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina, Uruguay, and Venezuela, and you can keep track of their involvement, results, and upcoming games here.colombia flagvenezuela flag

Colombia and Venezuela – Group C

Venezuela surprised Colombia with a 1-0 win in the opening game of the Copa América for both teams. Tijuana’s Juan Arango started the game for the Venezuelans, playing 86 minutes before making way for Gabriel Cichero. Neither of Colombia’s Liga MX-based players started the match, but Monterrey’s Edwin Cardona came on as a sub in the 63rd minute.

The star-studded Colombian lineup was slow out of the gates and they rarely threatened Venezuela’s goal, with the Vinotinto defense playing well when needed. The Venezuelans were more threatening in the first half, with a good ball from Juan Arango to Ronald Vargas coming close to opening the scoring.

The lone goal of the game came at the hour mark, when Salomón Rondón headed the ball home to make it 0-1 for Venezuela.

Colombia tried to respond, with James Rodríguez and substitute Teofilo Gutiérrez both creating chances, but neither could finish them, with goalkeeper Alain Baroja making the saves he needed to make. Venezuela hung on for the surprise win, putting them level on points with group leaders Brazil.

Monterrey’s Alexander Mejía did not play for Colombia.

Group C Table:

Team Games W D L GF GA GD Points
Brazil 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 3
Venezuela 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3
Peru 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0
Colombia 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 0

Next Game – Colombia: vs Brazil – Wednesday, June 17th – 8:00 PM – BeIN Sports / BeIN Español

Next Game – Venezuela: vs Peru – Thursday, June 18th – 7:30 PM – BeIN Sports / BeIN Español

WWC: Colombia vs Mexico – Recap and Highlights

womens world cupColombia and Mexico got their 2015 Women’s World Cup campaigns underway this afternoon, with both countries looking for their first victory at this level. They’re both still looking after today’s 1-1 draw.

The first half was a choppy affair, with a number of fouls breaking up the rhythm of play. By the 34th minute, there were three players in referee Therese Neguel’s book: Colombia’s Natalia Gaitan (the captain) and Orianica Velasquez, as well as Mexican goalkeeper Cecilia Santiago.

Despite the stop-and-start nature of the game, there were moments of good play as well. Renae Cueller and Charlyn Corral were a handful for Colombia’s defenders, with the Mexicans dominating possession in the early going.

In the 12th minute, Colombia thought they had scored on a counterattack against the run of play, but the would-be strike was correctly disallowed for offside, leaving the South Americans still waiting for their first Women’s World Cup goal.

When the breakthrough did come, it came for Mexico. Verónica Pérez finished off a corner kick, and although a scramble in the goalmouth sent the ball back into the field of play, the goal was awarded with the help of goal-line technology, present in the Women’s World Cup for the first time.

That lead lasted until late in the game, but the Mexicans couldn’t find a second goal to definitively kill off the game, which kept the Colombians in it. And they didn’t drop their heads after falling behind; they hit the woodwork and had a would-be equalizer disallowed for a supposed handball in the buildup. All of their pressing finally paid off in the 81st minute, when Daniela Montoya sent a fantastic strike past Santiago to make it 1-1.

The game continued to be played at a furious pace, with Mexico trying to regain their lead, and the game ended in controversy when a would-be stoppage-time goal by Charlyn Corral was disallowed due to a supposed foul in the buildup.

The draw gives Colombia and Mexico each one point, which keeps them behind France but ahead of England. Mexico’s next match comes Saturday against England.

Highlights

Lineups

Colombia: Derly Stefany Castaño, Carolina Arias, Angela Clavijo, Nataly Arias, Orianica Velasquez, Daniela Montoya, Natalia Gaitan, Diana Ospina (Yisela Cuesta 87′), Yoreli Rincon, Lady Andrade (Tatiana Ariza 78′), Catalina Usme (Ingrid Vidal 78′).

Mexico: Cecilia Santiago, Kenti Robles, Christina Murillo, Alicia Garcíamendez, Valeria Miranda, Stephany Mayor, Verónica Pérez, Nayeli Rangel, Mónica Ocampo (Fabiola Ibarra 86′), Renae Cuellar (Jennifer Ruíz 79′), Charlyn Corral. 

Group Standings – Group F

# Team W D L GF GA GD Points
1 France 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3
2 Colombia 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
3 Mexico 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
4 England 0 0 1 0 1 -1 0

WWC: Colombia vs Mexico – Where to Watch

womens world cupThe Mexican women’s national team gets their World Cup underway on Tuesday afternoon against Colombia. Mexico is making their third appearance in the World Cup, while Colombia is here for just the second time.

Neither team has ever made it past the first round, and they are in a tough Group F along with France and England. Despite being their first game, it is essentially a must-win for both teams, with theoretically tougher opponents waiting in the wings.

Women’s World Cup – Group Stage
Tuesday, June 9
Colombia vs Mexico – 4:00 PM – Fox / Telemundo / Online

Liga MX in the World Cup: Uruguay, Round of 16

With the elimination of Ecuador in the group stage, the contingent of Mexico-based, non-Mexican players in Brazil shrank from 10 players representing 4 countries to 3 players representing 3 countries (Egidio Arévalo Ríos, Uruguay; José María Basanta, Argentina; DaMarcus Beasley, United States).

uruguayan-flag-largeThe first one up in the knockout rounds was Tigres UANL’s Egidio Arévalo Ríos, as his Uruguay took on fellow CONMEBOL members Colombia in the Round of Sixteen. Ríos played every minute of Uruguay’s three group-stage games, and he started and played the full 90 minutes again today. Unfortunately for Ríos, those would be the last minutes he will play in this World Cup, as Uruguay fell 2-0 to Colombia thanks to a brace from young striker James Rodríguez.

Uruguay was without Luis Suárez, of course, after FIFA handed down a four-month suspension from all soccer activities after the striker bit Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini in the final group state match. Uruguay was unable to overcome his absence, and after Rodríguez scored the first of his two goals in the 28th minute, the game looked all-but-decided. The wonder striker from the 22-year-old couldn’t have been placed any better, and although Uruguay showed some signs of life, principally from Edinson Cavani, they were never able to mount a comeback.

Colombia advances to the quarterfinals, where they will face Brazil, while Uruguay – and Ríos – will be heading home.