An attractive meeting will star Ecuador and Colombia, in Quito, for the fourth day of the South American Qualifiers on the way to the Qatar 2022 World Cup. The local team, decimated by some infected with coronavirus in their squad, will try to take advantage of the climatic conditions of their stadium in front of a coffee table that has to react after the last defeat suffered. The match will begin at 18 (Argentine time), will be arbitrated by Venezuelan Jesús Noel Valenzuela Sáez and televised by TyC Sports.
The good streak of the team led by Gustavo Alfaro was somewhat clouded in the days before this meeting by the wave of contagions inside the bunker of The Tri. First they were Enner Valencia, Alan Franco and Diego Palacios those who fell victim to the coronavirus. And then another trio, made up of Moisés Corozo, José Cifuentes and Mario Pineida, was disaffected for testing positive for COVID-19.
The Argentine coach decided to call Jordi Alcívar, José Cevallos and Jacob Murillo to complete the decimated payroll in the face of this commitment that can become vital for Ecuadorians: if they succeed, they will remain in the classification zone and will reach Brazil at the top from the leaderboard.
Enner Valencia, one of the casualties in Ecuador for being positive for coronavirus (REUTERS / Luisa Gonzalez)
The outlook is different for Colombians from Carlos Queiroz, that although they did not suffer losses due to the virus, they arrive after a hard defeat as locals in Uruguay and must recover lost ground in a complicated redoubt such as altitude but in which historically they have obtained good results (Since the current qualifying format is disputed, Colombia is the country that took the most points from Quito). Adding by three would serve the Portuguese cast not only to regain confidence but also to settle into the classification, even surpassing the line of his opponent on duty.
Alfaro would try some variants with respect to the starting eleven who faced the last duel in the height of La Paz against Bolivia: Pedro Perlaza for Ángelo Preciado, Adolfo Muñoz for Beder Caicedo, Jeghson Méndez for Junior Sornoza and Renato Ibarra for Carlos Gruezo. In the visit there will be a forced modification due to the expulsion of Yerri Mina (Davinson Sánchez would enter) and two other tactics: Luis Orejuela by Jefferson Lerma and Luis Díaz by Luis Muriel.
Ecuador: Alexander Domínguez; Pedro Perlaza, Xavier Arreaga, Robert Arboleda, Pervis Estupiñán; Jhegson Méndez, Moisés Caicedo, Adolfo Muñoz; Renato Ibarra; Michael Estrada and Ángel Mena. DT: Gustavo Alfaro
Colombia: David Ospina; Luis Orejuela, Jeison Murillo, Davinson Sánchez, Johan Mojica; Wilmar Barrios, Juan Guillermo Cuadrado, Mateus Uribe; Luis Díaz, James Rodríguez and Duván Zapata. DT: Carlos Queiroz
Stadium: Rodrigo Paz Delgado (Quito)
Time: 18 (Argentine time)
Will televise: TyC Sports (for Argentina)
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