(EFE) – Chile and Venezuela will play this Thursday in Santiago a vital match for their aspirations to reach a place in the Qatar World Cup 2022 and to which they arrive with renewed spirits after adding a victory in their respective previous commitments.
Both teams are starring in a poor World Cup qualifier. Venezuela is last in the table, with 7 units in 11 games played, nine points from the qualifying positions and eight from the play-off. Chile, penultimate, with 10 points.
The two teams, however, arrive emboldened after their last victories and mathematically maintain options to achieve a place in the World Cup event next year.
La Roja will thus seek to repeat the good result obtained against Paraguay last Sunday, a team that won 2-0 with goals from striker Ben Brereton and right-back Mauricio Isla.
The three points obtained against Eduardo Berizzo’s pupils gave Chile the respite it needed, as they signed their second victory of the entire qualifying process.
To go out onto the pitch and receive the Vinotinto team, Chile will have to deal with an absence of weight in its starting scheme: Bayern Leverkusen midfielder and Chilean team reference, Charles Aránguiz, was suspended after being sent off for a double yellow in the victory against Paraguay .
“El Príncipe” marks the style and rhythm of the Chilean game in practically all its matches, consolidating itself as a fundamental piece of the squad.
His replacement will have to assume a lot of responsibility in the middle zone, a space for which names like Tomás Alarcón del Cadiz and the young Marcelino Nuñez from Universidad Católica sound.
On the other hand, defender Gary Medel will return to the starting eleven after missing the duel against the Guarani by suspension.
However, Venezuela appears as a complex rival for those led by Martín Lasarte, who are forced to win to stay in the race: although last in the table, Venezuela arrives in Chile after surprising and adding three points against the Ecuadorian team ( 2-1), who is currently running third.
However, the Leo González team has already confirmed three casualties within its starting scheme, including John Chancellor, Junior Moreno and Yeferson Soteldo, with the latter allegedly involved in acts of indiscipline.
The stay in Chile, moreover, has already been a headache for the vinotinto team, who reported difficulties in being able to train properly as a result of sanitary impositions despite the fact that the entire campus has negative PCR tests.
CHILI: Claudio Bravo; Mauricio Isla, Gary Medel, Guillermo Maripán, Sebastián Vegas; Erick Pulgar, Arturo Vidal, Tomás Alarcón; Alexis Sánchez, Felipe Mora, Ben Brereton. Coach: Martín Lasarte.
VENEZUELA: Wuilker Faríñez; Ronald Hernández, Nahuel Ferraresi, Adrián Martínez, Óscar González; José Martínez, Tomás Rincón; Eduard Bello, Adalberto Peñaranda, Darwín Machís; Eric Ramirez. Coach: Leonardo González.
REFEREE: the Brazilian Raphael Claus.
STADIUM: San Carlos de Apoquindo, Santiago de Chile.