Chile vs Uruguay, Monday’s final match for Group Qualifiers in the Copa América, Group C, at the Maracanã, in Rio de Janeiro.
After a 4-0 win over the Japanese national team, the Chileans played discreetly against Ecuador, but enough to win by 2-1. Although they had less time possession of the ball (45%), they created more chances of finishing (8 to 5) and hit the target more (3 to 1) before a rival that created few problems.
The classification obtained with a round of anticipation offers to the Colombian technician Reinado Rueda the possibility to take the cast giving away slack athletes with precarious physical conditioning, especially those that are in end of season.
One of those who can receive this benefit is the midfielder Arturo Vidal. The Barcelona athlete has not had an exhaustive season, since he is not a starter in the Spanish team, but suffered pain in the left thigh that made it even considered doubtful to start against Ecuador. In a minor game, it is very likely to be preserved.
The Uruguayans suffered a 2-2 draw with Japan in the second qualifying round of the Copa América 2019, their second loss due to injury in the tournament. Milan’s left-back Diego Laxalt has left the field in the first half with a muscle injury and will not participate in the tournament.
Before that, they beat Ecuador 4-0 in the first leg, with injured midfielder Matias Vecino from another Milan club, Internazionale. Thus, the options of coach Oscar Tabarez for the final stretch of the competition are being reduced.
Striker Luis Suárez, who was considered doubtful for Monday’s match against Chile for injuring his left hand in the previous match, however, resumed training. The possibility of a fracture was ruled out and he should be listed among the players to face the Chileans.
The prognosis in Uruguay’s victory seems to be the best guess for the confrontation of Monday by the last round of the group stage of the Copa América 2019.