Colombia vs Ecuador Final – LIVE Reddit Soccer 15/10/2021
Colombia are set to play Ecuador at the Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez on Thursday for a FIFA World Cup qualifying game. The two countries last faced each other earlier this year, with Colombia beating Ecuador 1-0. A first-half goal from Boca Juniors midfielder Edwin Cardona secured the win for Colombia.
Colombia boast a strong squad despite the absence of Al Rayyan midfielder James Rodriguez. Napoli goalkeeper David Ospina, Tottenham Hotspur centre-back Davinson Sanchez, Genk defenders Daniel Munoz, Jhon Lucumi and Carlos Cuesta, Bournemouth midfielder Jefferson Lerma and Rayo Vallecano striker Radamel Falcao have all been called up.
Colombia come into this game on the back of a 0-0 draw against Tite’s Brazil yesterday. Brazil boasted more possession but both sides registered four shots on target each. Ecuador, on the other hand, lost 2-1 to Venezuela yesterday. Goals from Granada striker Darwin Machis and Deportes Antofagasta midfielder Eduardo Bello ensured victory for their country. Fenerbahce striker Enner Valencia scored the consolation goal for Ecuador. In 51 head-to-head encounters between the two sides, Colombia hold the clear advantage. They have won 25 games, lost 13 and drawn 13.
Despite winning only three matches in the ultra-competitive South American section of World Cup qualifying to date, Colombia remain contenders to claim one of the top four places which assure a ticket to Qatar next year, as they sit fifth in the standings before their final game of this month.
While such a finish would ultimately be enough for a playoff place, several nations trail Los Cafeteros by just a handful of points, so they will want to turn draws – of which they have had six from 11 fixtures – into wins, starting on Thursday night.
Their latest game to finish all-square, though, came against leaders Brazil at the weekend – a match in which they were starved of possession but held on determinedly for another point on home turf.
That followed a close-fought 0-0 result versus Uruguay last week, and means that Reinaldo Rueda’s side are unbeaten in qualifying since the start of the 2021-22 season.
Therefore, Colombian hopes of reaching a third successive finals remain very much alive, though the pressure is intense for Rueda and company to succeed.
Having steered his squad onto the podium at the Copa America with a third place finish in Brazil, the former Ecuador coach will perhaps encounter his former employers with vengeance in mind. The last time these two bordering nations clashed in qualification, Colombia returned home humiliated after a crushing 6-1 defeat.
Ecuador have endured mixed fortunes in the 11 months since they tore apart the Colombian defence in Quito, when six different scorers put their counterparts to the sword.
For one, they lost their next game against Los Cafeteros, in a Copa America campaign that ended at the quarter-final stage, and have subsequently been beaten in two of their last four qualifiers, including away to Venezuela last time out.
On Sunday, the home side achieved their first victory since last November, when they overturned Enner Valencia’s early strike from the penalty spot to consign Ecuador to a 2-1 defeat.
That setback, however, did not deny La Tri third spot in the group, which they still retain after reaching such giddy heights by securing a 3-0 win over bottom team Bolivia last Friday.
Nevertheless, another loss this week would set nerves jangling inside Gustavo Alfaro’s camp, after the nation’s last qualification campaign ended with a dismal streak of just three points from their final eight fixtures, which cost them a place at the global gathering in Russia.