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joi, 12 noiembrie 2015

CHILE VS. COLOMBIA: JAMES VS. ALEXIS: THURSDAY, 6:30 EST

It’s amazing what 12 months can do to you. This proves no surprise to the recently crowned South American champions Chile and the side who outside Argentina and Brazil were South America’s best team in the World Cup. Although in the tournament in Chile, Los Cafeteros were poor in the four games they played as James Rodriguez, Radamel Falcao, Juan Cuadrado and others were not in the best form of the tournament. 

Moving forward into this vital match in Santiago, the Real Madridmidfielder is back but will be without the Juventus midfielder and Chelsea striker in Cuadrado and Falcao who are suffering from suspension (red card vs. Uruguay) and injury. He’ll be a key player to watch alongside goalkeeper David Ospina and center back Jeison Murillo to keep the South American champions at bay.

Chile is in the best moment in their country’s sporting history. Currently undefeated since the maiden Copa America title with wins against Brazil and Peru respectively, players such as Alexis Sanchez, Eduardo Vargas, Jorge Valdivia, Claudio Bravo and many others will be looking to secure another three points at home against this slightly weakened Colombia side, but it’ll be a tough match especially with the necessity that Colombia must get points in Santiago.

After beating  Brazil  and  Peru  at the beginning of the qualifiers, the selection of  Chile  will look to continue their strong start on the way to  Russia 2018  this Thursday night when measured with an irregular  Colombia  in Santiago.

The team coached by  Jose Pekerman  are immersed in several internal conflicts and have fallen many criticisms of coffee players after the final loss to  Uruguay  in Montevideo. No doubt that this meeting will be a game that could hinge consolidate Chile on top positions or scoring to Colombia in full in contention for the top of table.

CHILE DOUBTS IN MIDFIELD

The set of Sampaoli is already working with full squad on the grounds of Juan Pinto Duran and casildense has the entire squad since Tuesday. While the list did not change much compared to past meetings, Chile must find ways to meet two of their strongholds in the middle ground such as  Marcelo Diaz  and  Charles Aranguiz .
The wheel of  Hamburg  is suspended for this match after receiving two yellow cards in the first qualifying duels while the player  Bayer Leverkusen  is still recovering from an injury to the Achilles heel suffered in training the German side. As seen in the latest practices, Francisco Silva  Diaz would take the place as the most while defensive midfielder  Matias Fernandez  would run a mixed role and developing a more creative role.

COLOMBIA AND EXTERNAL PRESSURE FOR RESULTS

The whole of Colombia, on the other hand, beat Peru in the debut but was much criticized for his performance against an opponent who proposed absolutely nothing in Barranquilla. The questions continued after losing 0-3 to Uruguay in Montevideo, a game where the growers were completely overcome both physical and footballing.

The team coached by Pekerman will have some absences for this match. In addition to players like  Abel Aguilar  and  Edwin Valencia  which are still recovering from injuries,  Radamel Falcao is also unavailable after suffering prior to a meeting of the muscle problem  UEFA Champions League  with Chelsea. The good news, however, is the return of  James Rodriguez  after the Real Madrid midfielder's first two games of the qualifiers was lost through injury.

PROBABLE FORMATIONS

Chile:  Claudio Bravo; Francisco Silva, Gary Medel, Gonzalo Jara;Mauritius, Matias Fernandez, Arturo Vidal, Jean Beausejour; Jorge Valdivia; Alexis Sanchez and Eduardo Vargas.
Colombia:  David Ospina; Santiago Arias, Jeison Murillo, Cristian Zapata, Frank Fabra; Carlos Sanchez, Edwin Cardona, Fredy Guarin;James Rodriguez; Carlos Bacca, Teofilo Gutierrez
The match will take place at 20.30 hrs (local) in the  National Stadium of Santiago de Chile.

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