The South American Qualifiers for the World Cup in Qatar 2022 enter the final stretch with just four dates ahead, and in this double day only Ecuador -if it obtains four points- could join Brazil and Argentina in the classified list.
The Ecuadorian national team works under Gustavo Alfaro with a view to playing this Thursday against Brazil in QuitoY the discussion in that country is centered on the government’s decision to that the match be held without an audience due to a regrowth of coronavirus.
But the president of the Ecuadorian Football Federation (FEF), Francisco Egas, considered that it is a “wrong decision” that the match be played without an audience, in rejection of request of Emergency Operations Committee (COE), which requested to play with 60% of the capacity of the stadium.
What’s more, Egas affirmed that the FEF has complied with the biosafety rules “with excellent results and this time they will be fulfilled. It would leave us in a very bad predicament if Ecuador became the only country in the region to play without an audiencewhen countries like Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay have authorized capacity of 100%, Colombia 75% and Peru, which has a more restrictive policy, 30%”, the leader added.
In this point, striker Antonio Valencia questioned the government’s decision. “At the moment when the Tricolor most needs its people, illogical things happenwrote the player on Twitter.
On the other hand, Alfaro called up left winger Aarón Rodríguez (Deportivo Macará); Michael Carcelen (Barcelona midfielder from Guayaquil) and Janner Corozo (forward of Delfín), due to the absences of Angel Mena, Jeremy Sarmiento and defenders Luis Fernando León and Byron Castillo.
After confront before Brazil, Ecuador will travel to Lima to measure themselves in the classic against Peru.
Pekerman debuts in the Vinotinto
This double date converts to Venezuela in referee of the classification of Uruguay and Bolivia. The landing of José Pekerman at the front of the selected red wine meant the return of figures as Wuilker FarinezJefferson SoteldoThomas Corner Y Joseph Martinez.
The call included Telasco Segovia (Deportivo Táchira), Yerson Chacón (Deportivo Lara) and the youthful Wikleman Carmona, who plays for New York Red Bull in the MLS.
In his first match for the points, after a series of friendlies, Venezuela will face Bolivia this Friday in the Agustín Tovar stadium, the city of Barinas.
Meanwhile, on February 1for the sixteenth day of the Qualifiers, José’s team will be in Montevideo to face Uruguay, that this Tuesday reported two casualties due to coronavirus: the midfielder Lucas Torreira and of the striker diego rossi.
For this reason, the new coach Diego Alonso -replacement of Oscar Washington Tabárez- summoned Agustin canobbio (Peñarol midfielder), Brian Ocampo (National striker) Y Ferdinand they will gorry (Santos Laguna midfielder).
Uruguay occupies the sixth position of the table with 16 points, one behind Colombia (the last one that would be qualifying) and Peru (playing playoffs), in the absence of four dates for the end. In the first instance, Celeste must visit Paraguay on Thursday.
The Twin sees it difficult
Precisely the coach of the Paraguayan national team, Guillermo Barros Schelotto, admitted that the team’s situation is “difficult” and that in the next game at home against Uruguay it only serves to win. La Albirroja occupies ninth place with 13 points and needs the victory to continue with chances of fighting.
“I believe in the Paraguayan player. We depend on a victory and other results, but we maintain the illusion of going to the World Cup,” said the Twin in the run-up to receiving Uruguay at the La Nueva Olla stadium in Asunción, with a capacity of 80%.
The former DT of Boca Juniors will not have players due to injury like Celso Ortiz, omar Alderete, Andrew vats and Alexander Rosemary Gamarra; neither with Jesus medinawho was not loaned out by CSKA Moscow, while the defender fabian Balbuena must meet a suspension date and he will only be able to play against Brazil, as a visitor in Belo Horizonte.
An early “final”
Wilmar Barrios, midfielder of the Colombian national team, described it as “a final” the match next Friday in Barranquilla against Peru by Ricardo Garecaby date 15.
“We have a final ahead, we must play like this. We play a lot at home. Regardless of what has happened, we expect the goal to be open in this game. We have a new opportunity to reverse that situation. We are local and with our people,” said the former Boca Juniors midfielder at a press conference.
The team led by Reinaldo Rueda is fourth with 17 points, the same amount as Peru, but accumulates five games without goals in favor in the South American Qualifiers.
After receiving Gareca’s team, Colombia will face on the next date to Argentina in Mario Kempes Stadium Cordova.