World Cup 2014: Colombia Looks to Break With its Past

Colombia, which will face Uruguay on Saturday in Rio de Janeiro in the Round of 16, proved itself worthy in the qualifying campaign, finishing as the runner-up to Argentina in the South American zone.

updated: June 28, 2014 14:15 IST
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Colombia will face Uruguay in Rio de Janeiro in the Round of 16.

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Natal: On September 5, 1993, a date etched in the memory of all Colombians, the Colombian soccer team upset the order of things.

The country's soccer history has been a story of underachievement, but that day, in a World Cup qualifier considered one of the greatest matches ever played in Latin American, Colombia danced around the Argentine defense and scored five goals. Alfio Basile, Argentina's manager at the time, called it "a crime against nature." Colombians, understanding the magnitude of the victory against the heavily favored Argentines, called it "parricide."

Diego Maradona, the Argentine star, said afterward: "Colombia can't break history. Argentines have to continue as we are: Argentina on top, Colombia underneath."

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