Wednesday Oct 16, 2019. 14:00
Colombia head coach Carlos Queiroz will face several questions on his return to Bogota following a 3-0 defeat to Algeria in Lille on Tuesday.
Riyad Mahrez scored a brace for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations champions on a memorable evening in France, as the Dessert Foxes made a clear statement of intent at a packed Stade Pierre-Mauroy.
Having left out both James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao, Queiroz would’ve hoped for someone else to step up and lead the South Americans but instead they were put to the sword by a confident Algerian juggernaut.
The former South Africa head coach shrugged off the defeat, tweeting after the game as translated from Spanish:
“In this process of construction and consolidation of the team, we win or learn. What I was not surprised with today, was the wonderful character of our players, in a match with a result that is too unfair and punishing against the efforts of our players. #VamosColombia”
Not many back home will agree with Queiroz’s sentiments, though, as he now shifts focus to next month’s friendly against Peru.
Colombia have now failed to score in their last three fixtures, with their most recent win coming in the group stages of the 2019 Copa America.
In contrast, Algeria are now unbeaten in 17 matches, stretching back to November last year.