By the third date of Playoffs heading to Qatar World Cup 2022, the SEcuadorian election defeated Bolivia 3-2 and adds six points in these qualifiers for the next World Cup. In a game of many ups and downs that the visiting team took advantage of.
In the first half, the idea of the Bolivian team was clear to deliver the ball to the visit, to be well standing in the background and not give up spaces, something that hurt them against the Argentine team. Ecuador had more initiative and attack, in fact it reached the Bolivian field more times by 26%, while the local only approached Alexander Domínguez by 17%. In addition, Farías proposed a match for Ecuador to recover the ball in their field of play, preventing the speed of the Ecuadorian midfielders plus that of the full-backs from surprising the Bolivian defense. La Tri was losing precision with the passing of the minutes and that allowed Arce to unbalance the Ecuadorian defense. There was also a great job from Martins and Obrego wearing down the defense. Alfaro raised a conservative party keeping Pervis and Beder, it seemed that both players were neutralized to make the band. Both their wingers had no setback and their interiors had no pass option, the Tri relied much more on some individuality to create a goal situation.
In the second half, Ecuador hit the entrance with a great assist from Moises Caicedo so that Beder Caicedo put the tie. La Tri was overwhelming in those first minutes, Sornoza took the initiative and pulled the strings of Alfaro’s team, which began to overwhelm Farías’s team in those first minutes of play. However, Bolivia made La Tri’s defensive mistakes pay dearly, thus the unattainable Moreno Martins got the tie for the locals. La Tri lacked efficiency and that was a key factor. Alfaro pulled the strings near the end putting Plata and Renato at both ends to unbalance the bands looking for something similar to what Argentina did a month ago, taking advantage of the freshness of Correa, Guido Rodríguez and Nicolas Domínguez in that match. The Argentine strategist made changes to win it, Alan Franco and Johan Julio entered to give him more offensive weight and accompany Michael Estrada in attack. The local goes from highest to lowest in its performance and this was appreciated by the former Boca coach who saw the decline in Bolivia’s performance and looked for the victory that he ended up finding near the end.
One of the keys to take into account is the replacement of Alfaro and the variants he has in the substitute bank. A team that promises to show off its best image in these Qualifiers for Qatar 2022