Martinez, writing in his column for The Times, says itâ€™s the collective spirit of Jose Pekermanâ€™s side that has made them such a force so far.
â€œColombia were one of the teams I was most looking forward to seeing in this World Cup, but it was easy, after their talismanic forward Radamel Falcao was ruled out by a cruciate knee ligament, to believe that perhaps their chance had gone.
â€œEven without the Monaco striker, though, they look like the most perfectly balanced team in this World Cup, a side with the physicality and strength needed to cope in the modern game, but infused with a spark of creativity and imagination too. It has been a pleasure to watch them reach the quarter-finals."
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