(EFE) – After drawing without goals this Thursday in their last presentations, Argentina will host Uruguay this Sunday in a classic from the River Plate area, which is decisive for both their chances of achieving an advance qualification for the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
The Argentine cast led by Lionel Scaloni remained as the escort of leader Brazil despite the blank result recorded in his last presentation against Paraguay in Asunción, which allowed him to remain undefeated in 23 games since the last defeat in the 2019 Copa América semifinal , when they fell 2-0 to Brazil in Belo Horizonte.
“We still have two games ahead and the truth is that they are difficult rivals (next Thursday they also host Peru in Buenos Aires). We have to keep managing the minutes of the players and it is important that they can be recovered ”, Lionel Scaloni pointed out regarding the future of the ‘Albiceleste’.
For this commitment, the coach has planned a change of sides with the income of Gonzalo Montiel and Nicolás Tagliafico to replace Nahuel Molina Lucero and Marcos Acuña, the latter who was injured last Thursday’s match against Paraguay in Asunción.
Another modification would be the entry of Lautaro Martínez, who did not even go to the relay bench in the duel against the Guarani as a precaution and would enter through Joaquín Correa in the Argentine offensive.
In this way, the only two doubts for the initial formation would be in the midfield: Alejandro ‘Papu’ Gómez or Giovani Lo Celso and Guido Rodríguez or Leandro Paredes, according to the type of formation that Scaloni intends for the River Plate duel.
On the side of Uruguay, the ‘Celeste’ travels to Buenos Aires with the need for a victory to ratify its fourth place in the qualifiers with 16 units, only two ahead of Colombia in the last place that grants a direct passport to Qatar 2022.
For this duel, coach Oscar Washington Tabárez will have three confirmed casualties: Rodrigo Bentancur due to accumulation of yellow cards and the injured Giorgian De Arrascaeta and José María Giménez.
“The Giorgian thing is something in the anterior rectus, we don’t know about gravity. In my experience, having a muscle problem less than three days before a match complicates it. Josema has a problem in the adductor “, Tabárez detailed after the home draw against Colombia last Thursday.
One of the unknowns for the crossing against Argentina is the presence of the striker Luis Suárez, who could only play 45 minutes against the Colombians and had to be replaced after a hard clash with Yerry Mina. Almost certainly the Atlético de Madrid player will be in the starting eleven but the alternative is Bruno Rodríguez.
This Sunday the 189th match between Argentines and Uruguayans will be played, with a background that indicates that the ‘Albiceleste’ dominates the history of confrontations with an advantage of 26 games.
Argentina won 85 times while Uruguay won 59 times. 44 were the draws in official and friendly matches.
In the last qualifying rounds for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, it was a goalless draw in Montevideo (08/31/2017) and a 1-0 victory in Mendoza with a goal from Lionel Messi.
The end of this triple date of South American qualifiers marks that the ‘Albiceleste’ will host Peru in Buenos Aires next Thursday, while the ‘Celeste’ will visit Brazil in Manaus.
ARGENTINA: Emiliano Martínez; Gonzalo Montiel, Cristian Romero, Nicolás Otamendi, Nicolás Tagliafico; Angel Di María, Rodrigo de Paul, Guido Rodríguez or Leandro Paredes, Gio Lo Celso or Papu Gómez; Lionel Messi and Lautaro Martínez. Coach: Lionel Scaloni.
URUGUAY: Fernando Muslera; Nahitan Nández, Ronald Araújo, Diego Godín, Matías Viña; Federico Valverde, Matías Vecino, Nicolás de la Cruz, Gastón Pereiro; Luis Suárez or Bruno Rodríguez and Darwin Núñez. Coach: Oscar Washington Tabárez.
REFEREE: Chilean Roberto Tobar, assisted by his compatriots Christian Schiemann, Claudio Ríos and Nicolás Gamboa; Julio Bascuñán will be at the VAR.
STADIUM: Antonio Vespucio Liberti ‘Monumental’, Buenos Aires.
HOUR: 20:30 (23:30 GMT).