CORDOBA: "IT WON'T BE EASY AGAINST JAPAN, BUT I WILL URGE ON MY TEAM-MATES."
Sunday, 22 June 2003 17:18:41
MILAN - Nerazzurri defender Ivan Cordoba spoke to Inter.it ahead of Colombia's Confederations Cup clash with Japan (1):
After picking up two yellow cards you're suspended for tonight's match against Japan. How are you feeling ahead of this match?
"Unfortunately, I won't be able to play and be useful to my Colombia, but I will urge on my team-mates with all my strength."
Along with Japan you're second in Group A. Do you think they will create problems for you in this decisive match or are you confident Colombia will progress?
"This evening's match will be decisive for getting into the semi-finals. After their exploits in the last World Cup, Japan are no longer a surprise. They have confirmed they are a tough side to face, athletically they are well prepared and they are of a discrete technical level. It won't be easy and I don't like to make predictions, but we certainly have a chance of reaching the semi-finals."
CORDOBA: "YOU ALWAYS WANT TO DO WELL IN YOUR NATIONAL TEAM SHIRT."
Sunday, 22 June 2003 17:31:55
MILAN - Nerazzurri defender Ivan Cordoba spoke to Inter.it ahead of Colombia's Confederations Cup clash with Japan (2):
Are you and your team-mates excited to be playing in the Confederations Cup or does playing in half-empty stadiums demotivate you?
"It's quite a recent competition. It's true that the previous editions haven't been very successful in terms of the number of fans present, but you always want to do well when you go on to the pitch in your national team shirt."
You're the last Nerazzurri player to finish this season. Will this be a problem for you ahead of next season?
"Yes, I'll be the last to finish so I'll have less time than my team-mates to rest ahead of the upcoming season with Inter. But I don't think this will be a problem for me."
CORDOBA-LESS COLOMBIA REACH CONFEDERATIONS CUP SEMIS
Sunday, 22 June 2003 23:33:53
ST. ETIENNE - Colombia are through to the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup after beating Japan 1-0 in tonight's decisive Group A match.
Deprived of their captain Ivan Ramiro Cordoba who missed the clash through suspension, the South Americans dominated the match for large stretches and made sure of a place in the last four thanks to Giovanni Hernandez' effort in the 68th minute.
Group A runners-up Colombia will meet the winners of Group B - either Cameroon, Brazil or Turkey - in Thursday's semi-finals in Lyon.
congrats to cordoba and colombia...