Argentina coach wary
of Colombia threat
In BUENOS AIRES story headlined "Argentina coach wary of Colombia threat" please read in para seven "Colombia famously beat Argentina 5-0 in a qualifier in Buenos Aires in 1993... instead of 2003. Correcting year.
A corrected repetition follows.
BUENOS AIRES, March 29 (Reuters) - Argentina coach Jose Pekerman has given few clues about his line-up for Wednesday's World Cup qualifier against Colombia and has warned his players to be wary of their opponents.
Argentina sent what was effectively a second-string team for the weekend's match away to Bolivia at high altitude in La Paz and gave Pekerman a pleasant dilemma by winning 2-1.
Pekerman was expected to revert to his first team to face the Colombians although he might now include at least two or three of the team who gave Argentina their first win in the Bolivian capital since 1973.
"I can only confirm (goalkeeper Roberto) Abbondanzieri in the team," Pekerman told reporters.
Argentina lead the 10-nation South American group with 25 points from 12 games while Colombia are sixth with 14.
The top four teams qualify directly for Germany in 2006 and the fifth plays off against the winners of the Oceania region.
Colombia famously beat Argentina 5-0 in a qualifier in Buenos Aires in 1993. This time, however, the hosts will be more worried about breaking through the visitors' defence rather than stopping them scoring.
Since Reinaldo Rueda replaced Francisco Maturana as coach, Colombia have played eight qualifying matches, kept a clean sheet in five of them and conceded only three goals.
On the other hand, they have scored only 10 goals, five coming in a single game against Uruguay.
The Colombians, still missing Aston Villa striker Juan Pablo Angel because of an ankle injury, have several players based in Argentina including midfielders Fabian Vargas and Giovanny Hernandez. A number of others have played there in the past.
This has put Pekerman on his guard against over-confidence.
"Colombia have got great potential and are always dangerous," he said. "They've got what matters most in this game: technical quality and good control of the ball.
"I always consider Colombia to be a very dangerous rival."
Argentina: Roberto Abbondanzieri; Javier Zanetti, Roberto Ayala, Gabriel Heinze, Diego Placente; Luis Gonzalez, Javier Mascherano, Juan Roman Riquelme, Esteban Cambiasso; Javier Saviola, Hernan Crespo
Colombia: Miguel Calero; Andres Orozco, Ivan Cordoba, Mario Yepes, Gerardo Bedoya; John Viafara, Fabian Vargas, Frankie Oviedo, Giovanny Hernandez; Jairo Castillo, Edixon Perea
Referee: Carlos Amarilla (Paraguay)