The new edition of the Río de La Plata classic has an extra spice on this occasion beyond facing two friends like Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez once again. Argentina seeks to take a step further towards Qatar 2022, but in return it could leave Uruguay on the ledge of the qualifying places with seven dates remaining for the closing of the South American Qualifiers. It should be noted that this duel corresponds to the 5th day of the World Cup qualifier and had to be suspended in the past due to the pandemic.
With a capacity of 50% and the tickets sold out, the Monumental Stadium opened its doors to host the interesting derby that came to be played in June of this year during the Copa América 2021 and ended with a 1-0 victory for the Albiceleste with the both from Papu Gómez.
Those led by Lionel Scaloni are still awaiting the resolution of the match against Brazil on the sixth date that was suspended, but anyway they are located in the second position of the table with 19 units, eight less than the Verdeamarela that leads the tournament, but six more of the playoff spot.
La Celeste arrives to Argentina with an extra challenge: it has been 13 years without being able to beat Albiceleste with Messi on the court. However, there is a hidden detail in these statistics: in the six Argentine victories and three draws, the equality of the 2011 Copa América is accounted for, which ended with a resounding Uruguayan victory on penalties for those quarterfinals. Currently, Tabárez’s men are in fourth place with 16 points, just two more than a Colombia that is in the playoffs. To top it all, next Thursday he will have another risky visit in Brazil against the relentless leader of the Playoffs.
Beyond a tenuous concern that there was in the previous one for the physical condition of Lionel Messi before such a loaded schedule, the eyes of the Argentine DT were on Lautaro Martínez and Marcos Acuña, the two hits that he has in the previous game. Finally, Scaloni decided that Nicolás Tagliafico would replace Acuña and that Lautaro retakes the title in place of Joaquín Correa. Meanwhile, the coach’s surprise is the entry of Nicolás González by Ángel Di María. In this way, there are three changes with respect to the team that equaled against Paraguay last day.
“We could not count on him, we still cannot guarantee it 100%. Whoever plays, we are calm because the team’s performance was satisfactory, “he said about El Toro in the press conference he offered in the pre-match, recalling that Martínez – nominated for the Ballon d’Or – was left out of the tie against Paraguay. “The Egg came out because of a nuisance. I am not of the idea of taking players onto the field who cannot provide us with security, ”he added about the Sevilla man.
On the celestial side, Maestro Tabárez cannot count on Rodrigo Bentancur (he received the second yellow and must purge a suspension), nor on José María Giménez and Giorgian de Arrascaeta, who suffered an injury to the right adductor and right anterior rectum respectively. “You have to control and offend in a different way. You also have to make quick decisions and go with everything, convinced that all the matches in the Qualifiers are difficult and this is one of the most difficult, but it is possible, ”Tabárez analyzed in a conference about this presentation.