Without Suárez due to Covid-19, Uruguay receives Brazil


La Jornada newspaper
Tuesday, November 17, 2020, p. a11

Montevideo. The leader Brazil, without Neymar, will face his most difficult test so far in the South American qualifiers for the Qatar 2022 World Cup on Tuesday against a strengthened Uruguay, which will not have his figure Luis Suárez, who yesterday tested positive for Covid-19, while Argentina, with Lionel Messi, will seek to maintain its undefeated against a downward Peru, on the fourth date of the Conmebol qualifying stage.

The Uruguayan team, third along with Ecuador with six points, achieved a historic 3-0 victory last Friday against Colombia and awaited Brazil (first, with nine points) at home with all their potential, when they recovered the attacker Edinson Cavani (Manchester United) after seven months without playing, but on the eve of the clash, the positive for the coronavirus of Suárez, the highest historical scorer of the South American tie, was announced.

Likewise, the absence of the injured Neymar takes away the freshness and forcefulness of the Brazilian attack, despite having a forward made up of three Premier League stars: Gabriel Jesús (Manchester City), Firmino (Liverpool) and Richarlison (Everton).

Meanwhile, Peru (eighth, with only one point) will be a good measure for coach Lionel Scaloni to begin to set the personality of the Argentina team, which, located in second place with seven units, seems to work according to the day of Messi.

The Peruvian Federation assured FIFA that there are guarantees for the match scheduled in Lima, despite the unstable political situation in the country, Conmebol reported.

Other matches today: Ecuador-Colombia, Paraguay-Bolivia and Venezuela-Chile.