Chile vs. Ecuador – Pre-Match – November 16, 2021


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Chile vs.  Ecuador - Pre-Match - November 16, 2021

(EFE) .- Chile, with high spirits after winning its last three games, will host an Ecuadorian team that precedes it in the standings and recovers, among others, Villarreal player Pervis Estupiñán.

After 13 rounds, four points separate both teams. Ecuador is third, with 20 units, and Chile occupies the fourth place with 16, in the qualifying qualifying rounds for the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

After a hesitant start, Chile has the great opportunity to take a leap in its fight to say present in the World Cup event: after beating Paraguay by the minimum in Asunción last Thursday, La Roja was well positioned in fourth place in the table , but with the same score as Colombia (fifth) and Uruguay (sixth), although outperformed by goal difference.

Those led by the Uruguayan Martín Lasarte have little room to miss points that are worth gold at home, but with three consecutive victories (two of them against Paraguay) morale is high and the illusion, a few months ago in the doldrums, today takes flight after climbing in the general classification.

Good news for the local team will be the return to the field of the right back and reference of the selection Mauricio Isla, who had to subtract from the trip to the Paraguayan capital because he was close contact with covid-19 but who already tested negative after his quarantine preventive.

However, ‘Machete’ will not be able to count on forward Benjamin Brereton Díaz due to the accumulation of yellow cards, a player who has reinforced the Chilean offense with good results, scoring in two of La Roja’s last three triumphs.

All in all, the 16 points accumulated by Chile offer the possibility of affirming the way to the classification, but Ecuador will arrive in Santiago with the same ambition and located in the third position of the table.

El “Tri” has had a good knockout campaign and will play in Santiago after beating the Venezuelan team 1-0, three important points that he got in a difficult game, where he did not show his best football and had significant casualties.

To visit La Roja at the San Carlos de Apoquindo Stadium, yes, Gustavo Alfaro’s team will recover fixed headlines: after serving a penalty game, Pervis Estupiñán, Ángel Mena and Michael Estrada will return, in addition to the side who plays in the MLS , Diego Palacios.

The only confirmed Ecuadorian casualty is that of attacker Enner Valencia, who due to an ankle injury will not see action until December.

– Probable lineups:

Chile: Claudio Bravo; Guillermo Maripán, Gary Medel, Francisco Sierralta; Mauricio Isla, Arturo Vidal, Claudio Baeza, Eugenio Mena; Jaime Valdés; Eduardo Vargas and Alexis Sánchez.

Coach: Martín Lasarte

Ecuador: Alexander Domínguez; Byron Castillo, Pervis Estupiñan, Piero Hincapié, Christian Cruz; Carlos Gruezo, Moisés Caiceido; Angel Mena, Ayrton Preciado, Jeremy Sarmiento; Michael Estrada

Coach: Gustavo Alfaro

Referee: the Argentine Fernando Rapallini, supported by his compatriots Juan Belatti, Diego Bonfa and the Bolivian Gery Vargas.

Stadium: San Carlos de Apoquindo, Santiago de Chile.

Time: 21:15 from Chile (19:15 from Ecuador).


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