River suffered many casualties for the match vs. workshopswhich will be played on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. In total there will be 8between injured (Aliendro, Rojas and Peña), sanctioned (Enzo Pérez and Herrera) and summoned to their teams for the FIFA date (Armani, De la Cruz and Paulo Díaz).
As for those summoned by national teams, De la Cruz and Díaz already had action. How did it go?
The Uruguayan was present in the 0-1 defeat vs. Iran played in Vienna, Austria. He entered at halftime when the match was 0-0 and Uruguay attacked more, but could not convert. Once inside the field, his performance was positive: he contributed three scoring chances, in addition to giving the team more variables in attack, unlocking the Iranian defense.
De la Cruz added minutes in the 0-1 loss against Iran (EFE/EPA/CHRISTIAN BRUNA).
Despite this, De la Cruz could not prevent the fall of the team led by Diego Alonso, who suffered his first defeat since being on the bench at La Celeste. With this match, the player from River He has already accumulated 859 minutes with his national team, where he scored a goal (it was in the 5-0 victory against Panama in a friendly). In any case, there is a striking fact regarding the 25-year-old player and the DT: since Alonso has been on the bench, De la Cruz did not play 90 minutes in any game.
Secondly, Paulo Díaz did not have a good time in the 0-2 loss vs. Morocco. The center back was one of the team’s lowest points, seeing himself overwhelmed on many occasions by the rival forwards. In addition, Morocco’s first goal came from his hand inside the area that ended in a penalty for the African teamwhich allowed him to get ahead of the result 21 minutes into the second half.
Paulo Diaz had a bad time vs. Morocco (REUTERS/Albert Gea).
At 27 he was replaced by Diego Valenciathus ending a game where, together with Vidal, It was one of the lowest points of a Chilean National Team that continues without finding its way (lost the last six matches, counting friendlies and knockouts).
Both De la Cruz and Paulo Díaz will surely have action again on September 27 when Uruguay and Chile face Canada and Qatar respectively.
The penalty committed by Paulo Díaz vs. Morocco