Although playing against fellow South Americans Ecuador, Luis Perea didn’t have to travel far for his international game with Colombia. The two teams faced off in the Vicente Calderón in a friendly, which saw the Cafeteros victorious (2-0) through goals by Guarín and Falçao.
Saturday’s match was a big test for both sides ahead of the Copa América which is held this summer in Argentina.
One man that will be very eager to shine in front of his home crowd during that tournament is Sergio Agüero, but it’s uncertain whether the Atlético starlet will receive a call-up from coach Sergio Batista. The national team coach left Kun out of his selection for the Albiceleste’s clash with the USA, which ended 1-1. Eduardo Salvio did get called up for Argentina but didn’t feature.
Uruguay visited Estonia but fell to a 2-0 defeat, which could be because Diego Godín was left on the bench the entire match. Our other Diego played the full 90 minutes but Forlán couldn’t help La Celeste to a goal.
On Friday Spain U21 played a friendly match against their French counterparts, with Fran Mérida playing the first 45 minutes while Joel defended the goal during the second half. The young goalkeeper wasn’t to blame for the 3-2 loss, as all of France’s goals were scored before the break.
Things were complicated for Spain when Castilla winger Juan Carlos was sent off in the 40th minute but they did almost come back from three goals down. It was our very own Fran Mérida, who hasn’t featured in an Atlético shirt for two months, who got La Rojita’s first goal, but despite Rodri’s effort in the 60th minute Spain weren’t able to tie the match.
Spain U21 will participate in the European Championships in June to qualify for the 2014 Olympics and this match was used by coach Luis Milla to see some of his reserves in action, including Ignacio Camacho who played in the first half. On Tuesday there’s another test but then the big guns will come into action, including David de Gea, Álvaro Domínguez and Rubén Pérez.
Atleti have youngsters playing in all of Spain’s national teams (except for the senior side) including Saúl Ñíguez, who beat Belgium with Spain U17. The Atlético B midfielder played the entire match as they won 3-1 in their first qualifying match for the European Championships U17 in May.
This afternoon Brazil beat Scotland 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium in London, but our midfielder Elias barely played a part in the Seleção’s victory, only coming on as a sub with a few minutes left.
The Atlético players that stayed at home were given three days off, but our internationals have another round of games coming up. On Tuesday, Uruguay travel to Dublin to play against Ireland while De Gea and Domínguez take on Belarus with Spain U21. Luis Perea will travel to Holland for another friendly with Colombia, this time against Chile.