Watch Colombia vs. Venezuela live stream free in Group C action at the 2015 Copa America from Estadio El Teniente, Rancagua, Chile.
With Colombia comes World Cup sensation and Real Madrid striker James Rodriguez, who took the spotlight in Brazil last summer. Rodriguez became an instant idol because of his obvious talent and that now-famous victory dance.
James has emerged as one of the most exciting South American footballers of recent years after his impressive appearance in the 2014 World Cup, which will be remembered as one where the underdog turned tables on established teams. However, Colombia has recently struggled against Venezuela losing both 2014 World Cup qualifiers.
Watch Colombia vs. Venezuela live stream to see if even with James, Colombia can start to improve their record against their neighbors. Colombia has only won 22 of 42 matches against Venezuela, and in recent years, Los Cafeteros have managed one win, one draw, and three losses since 2009, according to Latin Post.
All this should make for an interesting match, as Venezuela attempts to keep the upper hand they have thus far, despite the fact that Colombia is one of the favorites to take the title, thanks to James. Venezuela is not to be underestimated, after all they are the 2011 Copa America semifinalists, losing to Uruguay, and Coach José Pékerman said as much.
“The statistics do not favor us (against Venezuela), but we have always tried face up to this kind of challenge and change things.
“We will treat this game as the first of a big tournament; we know that our rival is very strong and always plays with extra motivation against Colombia.”
Watch Colombia vs. Venezuela live stream to see whether the World Cup quarter-finalists can get past their nemesis. Venezuela’s coach Noel Sanvicente is confident that his team can continue their successful run against Colombia.
Venezuela has won three of their last four matches against Peru and Honduras twice. However, Sanvicente is concerned that his team hasn’t had a true competitive encounter since April and hopes his men will be ready to face Colombia.
Venezuela — where baseball rules — is not one of the top South American teams like Colombia, but they are not to be dismissed as they proved in 2011, taking everyone by surprise and reaching the Copa America semifinal.
Watch Colombia vs. Venezuela live stream free here. Kick off is at 3 p.m. ET.
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