Futbol

Argentina-Colombia friendly features 2 squads in transition

East Rutherford, New Jersey, Sep 10 (EFE).- Both Argentina and Colombia will be without their biggest stars and with interim coaches on the touch-line when they face each other here Tuesday in a friendly match.

Lionel Scaloni is set to lead Argentina for the six upcoming friendlies spread throughout the rest of the year, after the team fired Jorge Sampaoli following the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The winners of the 1978 and 1986 World Cups defeated Guatemala 3-0 last Friday on goals by Gonzalo Martinez, Giovani Lo Celso and Giovanni Simeone.

For Tuesday's match at MetLife Stadium, Scaloni called up Paulo Dyabala and Mauro Icardi, who did not get a chance to play against Guatemala.

"I want to make fans fall in love with the Argentine national team by scoring goals," Icardi said in an interview. "(The match against) Colombia will provide a great opportunity."

Led by Arturo Reyes - who took the helm of the team following Jose Pekerman's resignation - Colombia beat Venezuela 2-1 in Miami on Sept. 7.

Colombian right-back Santiago Arias - who suffered a fractured rib during the match against Venezuela - will be replaced by Helibelton Palacios, whose last time donning the national jersey was against Argentina in a World Cup qualifier.

Like Argentina - who will not have their superstar, Lionel Messi, in its ranks either - James Rodriguez will not be playing with Colombia, as he is on leave following the World Cup.

Argentina has won 19 of its 35 previous encounters with Colombia, who prevailed on eight occasions. The eight remaining matches were draws.

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