Ecuador vs Chile, Friday’s match of the second round for the Copa América, Group C, at the Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova, in Salvador, Bahia.
Although the Ecuadorians have already made their debut in the Copa América 2019, it seems that it did not exist in practice. The national team was massacred by Uruguay on Sunday, June 16. At Mineirão, in Belo Horizonte, they took a defeat by 4-0.
But it was not just a run-down. The Ecuador team simply did not play. Throughout the whole game they had only one attempt to score and could not even send the ball in the direction of the goal defended by the experienced Muslera. Anyway, there is nothing to complain about.
There was as mitigating the expulsion of the midfielder Jose Quineros. He was ruled out within 24 minutes of the opening leg by throwing a nudge into a rival, leaving his team at a numerical disadvantage.
Nevertheless, the Ecuadorians were already losing at that moment by 1 to 0 and, in this way, followed to complete their fifth match without success. There were three defeats and two draws in the period. The team has not yet won in 2019.
The selection of Chile, which landed in crisis in Brazil after the fans even made graffiti to the call made by Colombian coach Reinado Rueda who left aside some athletes considered historic, took about 40 minutes to end this situation.
At 41 minutes of the initial stage, Pulgar stuck the ball on the Japanese team goal, in a match that concluded on Monday, June 17, the first round and opened the way for the 4-0 win that returned to give hope to Chileans of the unprecedented winning the three-time Copa América 2019.
Striker Vargas, the top scorer of the last two editions, scored twice in the second half. Alexis Sanchez, who spent almost the entire year under the care of the medical department of Manchester United, signaled to be in better physical condition, acted almost the entire game and also put a ball in the net.
The Chileans had wide control of the game with 53.6% possession of the ball, 16 attempts to finish, being seven certain (44%) and almost 90% of pass rate.
In front of what has been shown by the selections in their 2014 Copa América debut matches, there is not much room for differentiated guesses at this Friday’s meeting that concludes the second round of the tournament that Brazil has as its headquarters. The prognosis in the success of the Chileans against the Ecuadorians is the best option of guess for the duel.