Colombia and Ecuador They dispute this Thursday a match with the aroma of ‘final’ on their way to the World Cup. It is that the match of day 12 of the South American Qualifiers is key to the aspirations of both teams, who are looking to get one of the four direct tickets to Qatar 2022.
The coffee growers They show up motivated to the Metropolitan Stadium of Barranquilla after having equaled to zero with Uruguay in Montevideo and at home with Brazil, who until that match had won the nine they had played.
The Tri, for its part, is one of the surprises of the playoffs. Nevertheless faces the duel after falling 2-1 in Caracas with Venezuela, a result that was not in his accounts, and now he is forced to look for points in the Metropolitan Stadium to stay in the top four.
Both teams are in the mid-table bottleneck. Colombia ranks fifth with 15 points, while Ecuador is third with 16 units, the same as Uruguay, which is fourth, while Paraguay is sixth with 12 and Peru seventh with 11.
The main novelty that the hosts have will be the return of the winger Juan Guillermo Cuadrado, who missed the match against Brazil due to accumulation of yellow cards.
On the other side, the Ecuador coach, Gustavo Alfaro, predicted that Thursday’s game will be “A very tough battle” by “what is the time of the competition, what this means”.
“Colombia is a level team, very difficult to violate, that ties many games to maintain a regularity against the others that we win and lose and we don’t have it ”, said the Argentine coach.
Colombia: David Ospina; Juan Guillermo Cuadrado, Yerry Mina, Carlos Cuesta, Johan Mojica; Wilmar Barrios, Matheus Uribe, Juan Fernando Quintero; Luis Díaz, Rafael Santos Borré and Duvan Zapata.
Ecuador: Alexander Domínguez; Ayrton Preciado, Félix Torres, Piero Hincapié, Pervis Estupiñán; Carlos Gruezo, Moisés Caicedo, Ángel Mena, Alan Franco; Enner Valencia and Michael Estrada.
TV: Public TV
STADIUM: Metropolitan of Barranquilla
REFEREE: Diego Haro (PER)