Chile and Paraguay face each other on Date 5 of the South American Qualifiers (Reuters)
Both oscillate between the need to win and the desire to achieve that victory that helps them fight for a place for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Within the framework of Date 5 of the CONMEBOL Qualifiers, the teams of Chile and Paraguay face each other at the Monumental Stadium in Santiago. The referee is the Argentine Fernando Rapallini and the match will be broadcast by DSports.
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La Roja and La Albirroja accumulate four points in the same number of games played, but the Chilean team arrives with the pressure of having to add points at home after their defeat against Venezuela (3-0); while the Paraguayan team tries to take advantage of the momentum of the victory against Bolivia (1-0).
Argentine Eduardo Berizzo’s team is aware that it cannot give up more units at the Monumental if it wants to recover ground in the standings and enter the qualification positions for the next World Cup, mainly a crucial double date in which it must then visit to Ecuador near Quito.
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Those led by their compatriot Daniel Garnero, on the other hand, renewed their hopes by achieving their first victory with their new coach and aim to surprise a rival who is injured, and then play at home next Tuesday against Colombia.
Berizzo has just led the Chilean U-23 team in the Pan American Games and won the silver medal. He has called up nine players from that youth squad with the aim of renewing the locker room and shaking up his team emotionally and football-wise. “It is an important match and a victory that would suit us and we will go for it,” acknowledged Toto when talking about the need to score points against the Paraguayans to improve the position in the table.
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In Paraguay, meanwhile, the lack of a goal is a concern that is exacerbated by the significant loss of Miguel Almirón, an attacker who shines with Newcastle in the Premier League, who suffered a muscle injury in his right leg and is not part of the announcement. Neither is Adam Bareiro, a figure from San Lorenzo, who debuted in the last double date but is suspended for warnings.
Against this background, Garnero has called on the experienced attacker Óscar ‘Tacuara’ Cardozo, who at 40 years old is the top scorer in the Paraguayan championship. He has not worn the national jersey since 2021 but has represented his country in three Copa Américas (2007, 2019 and 2021) and in a World Cup (2010).
Chile: Brayan Cortés; Paulo Díaz, Gary Medel, Guillermo Maripán, Gabriel Suazo; Erick Pulgar, Rodrigo Echeverría; Alexis Sanchez; Víctor Dávila, Damián Pizarro and Ben Brereton Díaz. Coach: Eduardo Berizzo
Paraguay: Carlos Coronel; Robert Rojas, Omar Alderete, Gustavo Gómez, Mathias Espinoza; Mathías Villasanti, Álvaro Campuzano; Alejandro Romero, Ramón Sosa, Antonio Sanabria; Adam Bareiro. Coach: Daniel Garnero
Stadium: Monumental Stadium of Santiago
Referee: Fernando Rapallini (ARG)
Time: 21:30 local time (00:30 GMT)
21:30 Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay
20:30 Bolivia and Venezuela
19:30 Peru, Colombia and Ecuador
18:30 Mexico City