BARRANQUILLA, Colombia (AP) – Colombian national team coach Carlos Queiroz harshly criticized Argentine referee Fernando Rapallini on Sunday and said he did not score a penalty for Colombia in a 3-0 loss to Uruguay on matchday three. of the South American qualifiers for the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
The performance of the Colombian team in Barranquilla on Friday generated a wave of criticism against Queiroz and the soccer players.
Rapallini pointed to a penalty in favor of Uruguay in the 53rd minute, which Luis Suárez converted, while, according to Queiroz, he missed a maximum penalty received by Luis Díaz.
“It is the first time that I speak of arbitration and I know that I am going to open the door to perverse comments, which is an excuse, but I have to be very clear: We do not understand how it is possible that the referee does not give a penalty against Lucho (Luis Díaz ) at 35 minutes when he is four meters from a situation and then at 40 meters he gives a dubious penalty in favor of Uruguay and for the referee it is clear, “Queiroz said in a virtual press conference.” They forgive me but I can’t find another word: That is almost criminal (criminal), I can’t find another word to show the indignation I have ”,
“Who takes the responsibility of asking that man how he and the VAR let such a clear penalty pass?”
Colombia, with four points, the same as Chile in three games, appears in the sixth box of a table led by Brazil with nine. Ecuador, which beat Bolivia 3-2, is third with six.
“Against Ecuador there is only one thing in mind to score points … he is playing well, he is scoring goals in each game and we know what his weaknesses and strengths are, he has a new coach (Gustavo Alfaro) who is changing some things and we know everything. what you need to know, ”added Queiroz.
Colombia, in the qualifying rounds for the World Cup in Russia, beat Ecuador 3-1 and 2-0 in Quito at 2,800 meters above sea level.
“We are not thinking about the altitude, we are thinking about playing well, attacking well, so that in 90 minutes we have the possibility of being better than Ecuador. That is what is possible to do, be it Argentina, be it Brazil. Today we are at altitude, tomorrow at sea level and we know that we are in a position to play the game well ”, he concluded.
The Ecuadorian team suffered the casualties of Enner Valencia, Alan Franco and Diego Palacios, who tested positive for COVID-19. Full-back Matías Viña, who played for Uruguay against Colombia, was also positive, he met within the Colombian team that traveled to Quito on Sunday.