The fight is tight between Falcao and Zapata for the starter against Ecuador in the Metropolitan


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The fight is tight between Falcao and Zapata for the starter against Ecuador in the Metropolitan

Colombia I would play with two forwards to face Ecuador this Thursday, October 14 in the Qualifying. Coach Reinaldo Rueda must choose between Falcao García and Duván Zapata to accompany Rafael Borré, vital to wear down a physical defense in Barranquilla.

The dispute is very close because the start of the season for both attackers is very even with respect to goals scored with their teams. El Tigre arrived at Rayo Vallecano and in four games played he has scored three goals. For its part, the Valle del Cauca with Atalanta has played five games and scored the same number of goals.

Falcao has only played 154 minutes and has started in two games, while Zapata has 409 minutes and has been a starter in five games. That means that Rayo’s striker has a better goal average as he has achieved it every 51 minutes, while the Dea player has done it every 136 minutes.

In the Spanish League, Radamel has fired six shots, five of them aimed at goal, while, in the Italian League, Duván adds fourteen shots, eight of them going to goal and five deflected. The Bergamo team striker also adds two goal assists.

In this way, the statistics favor Falcao because so far this season he has needed fewer minutes on the court and fewer shots on goal to score the three goals with Rayo Vallecano. However, in associative game Zapata wins the duel because as a reference in the attack he has a better average in the delivery of the ball and more passes made.

In the Colombian National Team they are matched in goals converted in the Eliminatory. Both forwards have only scored once. García did it in the 2-2 draw against Chile and Zapata did it in the 3-0 victory against Venezuela. In this case, Radamel’s score is more important for the rival and what his score represented.

In the goal average with the tricolor, Falcao again surpasses Duván since he has played fewer minutes 208 compared to 510 from Valle del Cauca. In addition, the Atalanta has played eight games, six of them as a starter, while the Rayo forward has seven games, and two only as a first baseman.

Likewise, he has not scored with the National Team 14 commitments, seven for the qualifiers and seven for the Copa América in Brazil. For his part, Radamel has five games without converting, all of them by knockout. In this way, these numbers make there a great scoring difference between the two forwards, installing the Samarium as the main alternative for the duel against Ecuadorians.

The only question that coach Reinaldo Rueda could have is his physical condition from the forward Well, he comes from playing two games as a starter in four days, and at 35 years of age that could affect his performance.


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