Coffee growers have complicated their view of the South American qualifiers. Five games ago they did not win.
Colombia quickly reinforced their goal and handed Paraguay a goalless draw at home on Tuesday, making them stunning in their fight for a spot in the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
Although Colombian coach Reinaldo Rueda raised a team that started to attack from the beginning with the return of talented James Rodriguez to the beginning, Paraguay resisted the attack in the match that was held in hot Barranquilla.
Colombia, with 17 points, is fourth in the standings table that awards the World Cup ticket, but they have to hope that Chile does not beat Ecuador in a duel held simultaneously to preserve the penalty area. Meanwhile, Paraguay moves away from Qatar in ninth place with 13 points.
Despite the fact that Rueda arrived in the first half, especially with Luis Diaz on the left in the Paraguay goal, they were not strong.
The locals had options with Miguel Borja, Luis Morell, James Rodriguez, Juan Guillermo Cuadrado and Diaz himself, but they lacked offensive power.
The goal option was even clearer for Alberoga, with a shot from Miguel Almiron hitting the crossbar.
Diaz, in the 57th minute, filtered a pass for James who sent a left-footed shot from mid-range that narrowly veered.
At the age of 85, Andres Cubas was sent off for a double yellow card and Paraguay had 10 players left. And at the age of 92, Duvan Zapata cheated on Colombia. It was self-possible but his shot went too far.
In the 15th round on January 27, Colombia will host Peru and Paraguay will host Uruguay.