Against a direct rival: Colombia seeks a much-needed home win in Qualifiers against Chile

Against a direct rival: Colombia seeks a much-needed home win in Qualifiers against Chile

After his two draws as a visitor against Bolivia and Paraguay, now for the tenth round of the Qualifiers The Colombian National Team receives Chile in Barranquilla. The Tricolor looking for a win against one of the direct rivals in the fight for a place in the Qatar 2022 World Cup, a game that will be decisive for both in the goal of qualifying.

Colombia comes to the duel against the Chileans located in the fifth position with ten points and a negative goal difference of -2, partially I would be obtaining the quota to the repechage, while the visit is eighth with seven units and a difference of -1.

So far in the Playoffs Reinaldo Rueda is undefeated as DT of the Colombian national team, debuted in his second cycle as the team’s coach last June with a victory in Lima against Peru and drawing in Barranquilla against Argentina. Already in what has been this triple date he accumulated the ties at home against Bolivia and Paraguay, the performance of the coach in the qualifiers as a strategist for the Tricolor is 50%.

For the match against the Chileans, Rueda’s Colombia will have two casualties with respect to the players who were acting: Dávinson Sánchez will not be able to be there due to the accumulation of yellows, nor will Andrés Andrade, who could not recover from a strong blow he suffered against the Bolivians.

La Roja for its part will also have two absences and both by accumulation give their warnings: Eduardo Vargas and Sebastián Vegas will not play.

Although Rueda in attention to the press expressed that he seeks to have a balanced team, the truth is that Colombia needs to win at home to break the empathis and add threes, for this reason variants are expected in the starting formation presented by the DT before Chile.

The absence of Sánchez due to accumulation forces Rueda to modify his defense from the beginning, but structurally it is expected that he will have more launched to the attack on its two sides and that it has a point guard that provides scoring opportunities to their forwards or offensive players.

ANDn home Colombia has not achieved a victory over La Roja in qualifying for twenty years. The last defeat that the Chileans took from Colombian territory was in November 2001 in Bogotá with a score of 3-1 against goals from Freddy ‘Totono’ Grisales, Juan Pablo Ángel and Jersson González.

The last time that the Colombian National Team defeated Chile in the Barranquilla Metropolitan was 25 years ago when in September 1996 they won 4-1 after a ‘Hat-trick’ by Faustino ‘El Tino’ Asprilla and the same by Jorge ‘El Pattern ‘Bermúdez.

In October 2020 Chile and Colombia already saw each other in this Qualifying Round and the duel ended tied 2-2 at the National Stadium in Santiago. Arturo Vidal and Alexis Sánchez scored for the home team, while the Colombians scored with goals from Jefferson Lerma and Falcao García.

Wheel at a press conference spoke about Juan Fernando Quintero and his possibility of playing against Chile, he analyzed La Roja, whom he knows very well for having trained her before returning to Colombia and took the opportunity to refer to some players who are consolidating in their clubs and are projected for the future of the National Team .

“Quintero had a good first half against Bolivia, we generated goal situations and in Paraguay, because of what happened in the game and because of what the rival proposed, I considered that I should not enter. We know his talent and there is the alternative if we start or close with himHe (…) It is a team with an excellent tactical culture, very mature, that manages the game times very well with very experienced men, that is the main virtue that Chile has at the moment and that is not bought after the corner (…) Cuesta and Llinás are players with different characteristics. Andrés is projecting himself, Carlos has already been consolidated for a couple of years. They both have a great future, “he said.


Colombia: David Ospina, Daniel Muñoz, Stefan Medina, Óscar Murillo, Yairo Moreno, Wilmar Barrios, Matheus Uribe, Juan Guillermo Cuadrado, Luis Díaz, Juan Fernando Quintero and Miguel Ángel Borja.
Chili: Claudio Bravo, Paulo Díaz, Gary Medel, Enzo Roco, Eugenio Mena, Mauricio Isla, Erick Pulgar, Charles Aránguiz, Jean Meneses, Arturo Vidal and Iván Morales.

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