(EFE) .- The Chilean Unión La Calera will host Vélez Sarsfield from Argentina on Tuesday for the third day of the group stage of the Copa Libertadores 2021, in a commitment in which both clubs will go out of their way to achieve what would be their first victory in what goes to the contest and have a chance to move on.
And it is that although the Chileans started their participation in Group G on the right foot after drawing at home 2-2 against Liga Universitaria de Quito, they suffered a resounding defeat last week by 4-1 against a Flamengo who was much superior during the 90 minutes of play.
A fall or a draw against the Argentine team could complicate those led by Luca Marcogiuseppe, as he would only have to play at home against the Brazilian squad.
However, the “cement producers” will defend their home after beating Deportes Antofagasta 2-1 in the local tournament, a result that left them with eleven points located in third position in the general table.
For its part, Vélez Sarsfield fell to Flamengo by 2-3 on the first date and could not against Liga de Quito at the Ecuadorian height where they lost 3-1, remaining in last place in the group without points.
With a solid campaign in the Argentine tournament, where he occupies the first position of Group B with 28 points, six more than his escort Boca Juniors, those led by Mauricio Pellegrino will try to pass their good performance to the international level.
Pellegrino could summon midfielder Ricardo Álvarez, recently recovered from an injury to his left knee, but will have the casualties of Lautaro Gianetti, Federico Mancuello and Gerónimo Poblete due to injuries and health problems.
The “Fortín” will thus play a golden opportunity against Unión La Calera, being forced to win if they want to keep their chances of advancing to the next phase of the championship intact.
Union La Calera: Alexis Martín Arias; Simón Ramírez, Christian Vilches, Santiago García, Yerco Oyanedel; Esteban Valencia, Gonzalo Castellani, Érick Wiemberg; Jeisson Vargas; Matías Cavalleri, Andrés Vilches.
Trainer: : Luca Margogiuseppe.
Velez Sarsfield: Lucas Hoyos; Matías de los Santos, Luis Abram, Miguel Brizuela; Tomás Guidara, Pablo Galdames, Santiago Cáseres, Francisco Ortega; Thiago Almada, Lucas Janson; Juan Martin Lucero.
Trainer: Mauricio Pellegrino.
Referee: Peruvian Kevin Ortega, assisted by his compatriots Michael Orue, Jesús Sánchez and Edwin Ordoñez.
Stadium: Nicolás Chahuán, La Calera commune, Valparaíso Region, Chile
Time: 18:15 (22:15 GMT).