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Hard Rock Stadium will host these two South American soccer teams Friday

Colombia’s James Rodriguez, left, won’t play Friday.
Colombia’s James Rodriguez, left, won’t play Friday. AP

The World Cup might be over, but in South Florida soccer fans will get the opportunity to continue watching top teams play at Hard Rock Stadium.

Colombia and Venezuela will play a friendly in Miami Gardens at 8 p.m. Friday, as both teams begin preparations for the 2019 Copa America and the 2022 World Cup.

Although both teams live very different realities, at present the difference between them is very small, so a great match is expected.

Colombia finished in ninth place in this year’s World Cup in Russia after being eliminated in the quarterfinals by England in a penalty shootout, after advancing as the top seed of the group that included Japan, Senegal and Poland. Colombia is ranked 14th FIFA ranking.

Venezuela did not participate in the World Cup.

Venezuela’s Rafael Dudamel has brought a selection to Miami with some new faces, while Colombia, led by interim coach Arturo Reyes, is resting stars James Rodriguez and Yerry Mina.

For Colombia, the starting eleven should be goalkeeper David Ospina; the defenders Santiago Arias, Davinson Sánchez, Jeison Murillo and Deiver Machado. In the middle, Juan G. Cuadrado, Wilmar Barrios, Mateus Uribe and Juan F. Quintero. While in the front Radamel Falcao and Carlos Bacca or Luis Muriel. Although many substitutions are expected.

Venezuela will likely have goalkeeper Wilker Faríñez. In the back, Alexander Gonzalez, Jhon Chancellor, Wilker Angel and Rolf Feltscher. In the middle Tomás Rincón, Darwin Machis, Junior Moreno and Sergio Córdova. In the front, Salomón Rondón and Josef Martínez, the revelation of the MLS.

Although Dudamel could try out other players in the beginning since he is resting Adalberto Peñagranda, Roberto Rosales, Juanpi Añor and Mikel Villanueva.

It will be the second meeting between Venezuela, which has not played for 10 months, and Colombia in the United States. Colombia is the favorite.

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