(EFE) – The Chilean Palestinian will host Argentine Newell’s Old Boys on Tuesday for the third date of the group stage of the Copa Sudamericana 2021, with the urgency in both teams to score points after a less than hopeful start to the competition.
The need is more pressing in the Arab team, which must win if it wants to stay alive in the dispute for qualification to the next stage of the tournament, and it is that “Tino” has already lost 2-0 against Libertad in Paraguay and 0-1 at home against Brazilian Atlético Goianiense.
Those led by José Luis Sierra have not managed to meet their football, and their current moment has them located in the penultimate position of the local table with only four units in four dates.
Of recognized strength and dynamism in the midfield and with the offensive zone commanded by the experienced Luis Jiménez, Palestino will seek to defend the home against an opponent who will also be beaten.
The popular group of “La Lepra” comes from falling 3-0 in the classic against Rosario Central, a tumble that left it located in the eleventh position of group B of Argentine soccer with only 10 units in 12 games played.
In their cup debut, “Los Leproso” drew goalless against Brazilian Goianiense, however, their home appearance at Coloso Marcelo Bielsa against Libertad of Paraguay ended in a 1-3 defeat.
Newell’s and Palestino occupy third and fourth places in the group F table, respectively, so key points will be played at the El Teniente Stadium in the city of Rancagua (center) if they want to stay alive in the qualifying race.
PALESTINE (CHI): Cristopher Toselli; Nicolás Berardo, Bruno Romo, Pablo Alvarado, Cristián Suárez; Sebastián Martínez, César Cortés; Jonathan Benítez, Bruno Barticciotto, Luis Jiménez; Juan Sánchez Sotelo. Trainer: Jose Luis Sierra.
NEWELL’S OLD BOYS (ARG): Alan Aguerre; Yonathan Cabral, Diego Calcaterra, Martín Luciano; Juan Pablo Freytes, Mauro Formica, Juan Sforza, Facundo Nadalín; Julián Marcioni, Luciano Cingolani, Ignacio Scocco. Trainer: Germán “Mono” Burgos.
REFEREE: the Peruvian Víctor Carrillo, supported by his compatriots Jonny Bossio, Raúl López Cruz and the Bolivian Raúl Osorio.
STADIUM: El Teniente, Rancagua commune, O’Higgins Region, Chile.
HOUR: 22:00 (02:00 GMT).