Universitario vs Corinthians: possible lineups for the Copa Sudamericana playoff duel
The first challenge that Universitario de Deportes must overcome is to achieve a good result against Corinthians this Tuesday, July 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Neo Química Arena in Brazil, for the first leg of the 2023 Copa Sudamericana playoffs. The ‘creams’ will have two important casualties to face the ‘timao’: José Carvallo and Martín Pérez Guedes.
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Players from the ‘U’ and Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata staged a fierce brawl at the Monumental stadium on June 28 on the last date of the group stage of the international tournament, and the Peruvian club was the most affected. Goalkeeper José Carvallo, who gave a rival a ‘flying’ kick, received the red card, while midfielder Martín Pérez Guedes added his third yellow card and was suspended.
In this sense, the ‘cream’ coach will make forced modifications. For example, instead of the experienced goalkeeper there will be the young Diego Romero, who, although he has participated in six games so far this season, will make his debut in an international tournament.
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As for the replacement for the Argentine midfielder, it has not yet been defined, since many options are handled. “Flaco” could play it safe and line up Horacio Calcaterra, who is his main spare part in that area of the field. As well as trying Jorge Murrugarra, as happened against Academia Cantolao, and overtaking Rodrigo Ureña.
Another of the doubts that existed in Universitario was the player who would start as a winger on the left. And it is that Nelson Cabanillas suffered a stomp on the hand and, according to statements by the Uruguayan strategist, the doctor told him that there was “a possible fracture.” Finally, the 23-year-old defense traveled with the delegation and would start.
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On the other hand, the central defender Williams Riveros will reappear, who did not participate in the victory against the ‘dolphin’ as a precaution, since he had a discomfort in the posterior thigh. The relief of him Marco Saravia will have to wait for his opportunity from the bench of substitutes.
Fossati will send the following eleven to the field of the Neo Química Arena: Romero in the goal; Williams Riveros, Aldo Corzo and Matías Di Benedetto in the defensive line of three; Andy Polo and José Bolívar; Rodrigo Ureña, Jorge Murrugarra and Piero Quispe at the wheel; Luis Urruti and Alex Valera will lead the attack.
Regarding the bank, Edison Flores is emerging as the first variant of the ‘creams’ for the international duel. The popular ‘Orejas’ was part of the travelers and could play the Copa Sudamericana again after eight years.
The last time Edison Flores participated in the Copa Sudamericana, he completed three assists.
Corinthians, for their part, would send an alternate eleven for the following reasons: First, their coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo downplayed the Conmebol contest. “There is no doubt that between the Sudamericana, the Brazil Cup and the Brasileirao, the national tournaments will be our priorities”, was what he said.
Second, his very tight fixture. The ‘timao’ played last Saturday and beat Atlético Mineiro by the slightest difference for the Brasileirao. The party with the ‘U’ is tomorrow Tuesday. And the following Saturday the ticket to the Brazilian Cup semifinals against América-MG will be played. It should be noted that they fell 1-0 in the first leg.
Of course, it will not be the first time that Luxembourg has placed an alignment with many young people, as it did so on the last date of the group stage of the Copa Libertadores. Despite not having their starters, the Brazilians thrashed Liverpool 3-0.
The possible team from Sao Paulo will be: Carlos Miguel; Caetano, Murillo, Fabio Santos, Rafael Ramos; Fausto Vera, Matheus Araujo, Giuliano, Adson, Wesley Gassova; Felipe Augusto.
Matheus Araujo, Felipe Augusto and Adson scored the goals in Corinthians’ victory over Liverpool in Brazil.
The ‘U’ will face ‘timao’ tomorrow, Tuesday, July 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Neo Química Arena for the first leg playoff of the Copa Sudamericana. This meeting will be broadcast only by a television company.