星期六, 十一月 23, 2019

ChilefaceadauntingtriptoEcuadoronThursdayastheyattempttogettheirfaltering2018WorldCupqualificationcampaignbackontrackatavenuewheretheyhaveneverwon。

AftereightroundsofSouthAmericasmarathonqualifyingcampaign,two-timeCopaAmericachampionsChilearelanguishinginseventhplace,twopointsadriftofEcuadorinfifth。

ThefailureofChilesstar-studdedsquadtoimposethemselvesontheirrivalshasbeenoneofthebiggestsurprisesofthequalifierstodate。

Withback-to-backCopaAmericavictoriesin2015and2016,theChileanshavebeenthedominantforceincompetitiveSouthAmericanfootballinthepastyear。

HoweverdespitebeingabletocalluponthelikesofAlexisSanchez,ArturoVidalandClaudioBravo,Chilehavestumbledfromonesetbacktothenextsofar。

Lastmonththeywerebeaten2-1byParaguayinAsuncionandwerethenheldtoa0-0drawbyminnowsBoliviaathomeinSantiago。

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WhilethereisstillplentyoftimeforChiletoturntheircampaignaround,theycanillaffordtolosefurthergroundinwhatisexpectedtobeatightbattleforplaces。

ChilecoachJuanAntonioPizzihasrecalledplaymakerJorgeValdiviafollowinga10-monthexilewhileBravo,SanchezandVidalareallexpectedtostartatQuitosEstadioOlimpicoAtahualpa,whichissome9,000feetabovesealevel。

Chile,likemanyvisitorstothestadium,haveoftenstruggledinthethinairandsofarhavenotwonacompetitivefixtureatthearena。

Ecuador,meanwhile,headintothegamelookingtorediscovertheirwinninghabit。

Afterstartingqualifierswithfourstraightwins,Ecuadorhavetakenonlyonepointfromtheirlastfourgames。

InothermatchesonThursday,UruguaywillbeconfidentofholdingontotheirpositionatthetopofthestandingswhentheyfaceVenezuelainMontevideo,withstarstrikersEdinsonCavaniandLuisSuarezbothexpectedtoplay。

Venezuelaarebottomofthe10-nationstandingswithnowinsfromeightgames,althoughtheygaveArgentinaamightyscareintheirlastoutingonSeptember6,takinga2-0leadbeforeeventuallybeingheldfora2-2draw。

AresurgentBrazilmeanwhilewillattempttoextendthefeelgoodfactorcreatedbyback-to-backwinsoverEcuadorandColombialastmonthwhentheytakeoneighth-placedBoliviainNatal。

Argentina,whoarelevelwithBrazilon15pointsbuttrailtheirrivalsongoaldifference,faceanawkwardtriptoLimatofacePeru,withcoachEdgardoBauzamullinghowbesttoplugthegapcreatedbyinjurytocaptainLionelMessi。

Messireturnedfromashort-livedretirementfrominternationalfootballlastmonthtoinspireacrucial1-0winoverUruguay,butisoutofThursdaysgameaftersufferingagroininjurywhileonBarcelonadutylastmonth。

BauzahasindicatedeitherJuventussPauloDybalaorAtleticoMadridsAngelCorreacouldstartinMessisplace。

Eitherofthemcoulddoajob。

Iwillseehowtheytrainthisweekanddecide,BauzasaidinLimaonMonday。

ArgentinasEvertondefenderRamiroFunesMorimeanwhileurgedhisteam-matestobewarethethreatposedbyPerusveteranstrikerPaoloGuerrero,the32-year-oldFlamengoattackerwhoishiscountrysall-timeleadingscorerwith27goalsin73games。

WemaybethefavouritesbutyoualwayshavetobecarefularoundaguylikeGuerrero。


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