Brazil, with the return of its main starters headed by Neymar, and Chile, the last two champions of the Copa América of soccer, will meet this Friday in Rio de Janeiro in a decisive match for the quarterfinals of the 2021 edition of the tournament continental.
The homeowners, who reserved some of their starters in the closing game of the group stage, will have to count on the return of experienced defender Thiago Silva, midfielder Fred, captain Casemiro and the attacking quartet made up of Éverton Ribeiro. , Neymar, Gabriel Jesús and Richarlison.
Goalkeeper Álisson, from Liverpool and a regular starter with coach Tite, will give up his place to Éderson, from Manchester City, also from the English League, and who will play against Chile due to the experienced goalkeeper rotation in this Copa América.
The other novelty of the last champion of the Copa América (2019) will be the departure due to injury of the left back Renán Lodi, of the Spanish Atlético de Madrid, and the return of Alex Sandro, with which Danilo will change the cable car and appear on the right side .
Casemiro and Fred will return to the positions that were Fabinho and Douglas Luiz against Ecuador, a match that ended 1-1 on Sunday in Goiania, but left the hosts undefeated in the first position of Group B.
In the attack, the starting quartet led by Neymar will have to relieve Lucas Paquetá, Éverton Cebolinha, Roberto Firmino and Gabriel Barbosa “Gabigol”.
The coach Adenor Leonardo Bacchi “Tite” and his assistant César Sampaio did not advance or confirm the variations in the press conference this Thursday, but when praising the defender Éder Militao, of Real Madrid and author of the goal against the Ecuadorians, they left the doubts about his continuity in the headline or the possible return of Thiago Silva.
Chile, who won the tournament in 2015 in his country and in 2016 in the edition played in the United States, spent the last days in Santiago, due to the break he had to rest on the last day of Group A, in which he finished fourth with the last ticket to the next phase.
The red, directed by the Uruguayan Martín Lasarte, has as its main doubt the return of Alexis Sánchez, Italian Inter Milan player and one of its main figures, who returned to training in the Chilean capital but has not yet fully recovered from a muscle injury.
The other novelty of the Chilean squad was the call of the young forward Diego Valencia, from the Universidad Católica de Santiago and who traveled with the team that returned to Brazil.
The southern team has in its ranks Mauricio Isla (Flamengo), César Pinares (Gremio) and Eduardo Vargas (Atlético Mineiro), who act in the Brazilian League, as well as other players who went through soccer in Brazil such as Charles Aránguiz and Eugenio Ore.
The winner between Brazil and Chile will meet on Monday in Brasilia in one of the semifinals against the winner of the series between Peru and Paraguay, who will also play this Friday in Goiania.
Brazil: Éderson; Danilo, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva (or Éder Militao), Alex Sandro; Casemiro, Fred, Éverton Ribeiro; Neymar, Gabriel Jesús and Richarlison.
Chile: Claudio Bravo; Francisco Sierralta, Gary Medel, Guillermo Maripán; Mauricio Isla, Érick Pulgar, Charles Aránguiz, Arturo Vidal, Eugenio Mena; Benjamin Brereton and Eduardo Vargas.
Coach: Martín Lasarte.
Referee: Patricio Loustau (Argentina).
Stadium: Olympic Stadium “Nilton Santos”, in Rio de Janeiro.
Time: 21.00 local time.