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Everton boss Martinez impressed by Colombia

Everton boss Roberto Martinez is full of praise for Colombia at this month's World Cup.

Martinez, writing in his column for The Times, says it's the collective spirit of Jose Pekerman's side that has made them such a force so far.

"Colombia 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.

"Even 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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