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Noticias   |   4 junio, 2018

ENGLISH: Álvarez, Peralta, and Uribe are World Cup-bound

The players that are headed for Russia 2018

Oribe Peralta (Mexico)

Peralta is heading to his second World Cup with 66 caps and 26 goals, and he has the chance to add to these totals in a friendly against Denmark. In 2014, Miguel Herrera selected Peralta for El Tri’s World Cup squad, where he started all four matches and scored one goal against Cameroon in group play before Mexico fell to the Netherlands in the knockout stage.

Peralta made his debut for El Tri in a 2005 friendly against Argentina, and was part of Mexico’s 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup and CONCACAF Cup wins.

Most recently in friendlies against Wales and Scotland, Peralta entered as a substitute in the second half. Mexico will play one more World Cup preparation match: June 9th versus Denmark at Brøndby Stadium in Copenhagen.

In Group F, Mexico will face Germany, South Korea, and Sweden. Peralta has scored one goal against South Korea in a 2014 friendly. If Mexico advance out of Group F, they’ll face an opponent from Group E (Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia).

Edson Álvarez (Mexico)

Álvarez is heading to his first World Cup after making his debut for Mexico in a friendly against Iceland in February of 2017. Álvarez was part of the 2017 Gold Cup squad where he became the youngest Mexican player to score a goal in the Gold Cup at just 19 years old.

Now 20, Álvarez is the youngest player with El Tri at this year’s World Cup. Prior to his call-up to the senior team last year, Álvarez made 10 appearances with the Mexican U20 squad, and scored one goal at the Under-20 World Cup. Most recently, he started both World Cup-preparation friendlies against Wales and Scotland.

Mateus Uribe (Colombia)

Like Álvarez, Uribe is heading to his first World Cup after debuting for Colombia in early 2017 (a friendly against Brazil).

In World Cup Qualifiers last year, Uribe played 64 minutes in a 1-0 win over Bolivia (his competitive debut), and 17 minutes in a 2-1 win over Ecuador. Uribe was on the bench for a 2-1 loss to Panama, and returned to the squad to play three more friendlies, including 90 minutes in a 3-2 win over France in March of this year.

In Group H, Colombia will face Japan, Poland, and Senegal. Should they advance to the knockout stage, they’ll face an opponent from Group H (Belgium, England, Panama, and Tunisia).


Group Stage schedules (all times Central):

Matchday 1:

MEXICO: June 17, 10:00 AM vs Germany

COLOMBIA: June 19, 7:00 AM vs Japan

Matchday 2:

MEXICO: June 23, 10:00 AM vs South Korea

COLOMBIA: June 24, 1:00 PM vs Poland

Matchday 3:

MEXICO: June 27, 9:00 AM vs Sweden

COLOMBIA: June 28, 9:00 AM vs Senegal