Chile hosts Uruguay in round 18 of the World Cup qualification. The match will be played on Wednesday, March 30th at Estadio San Carlos de Apoquindo (Santiago de Chile)
Chile is in seventh place in the standings with 19 points. Martin Lasarte’s team has five victories, four draws, and eight defeats after 17 matches. The Reds were too unstable in the current qualifiers, having achieved only five wins in 17 rounds. And they looked especially weak on foreign pitches. In nine away matches, they managed to take points only from Paraguay (0-1) and Bolivia (2-3). On March 25, Chile failed the away match versus the Brazilians (4-0). Lasarte’s men were knocked down by a penalty, which was awarded in the 44th minute and converted by Neymar. After that, the Chileans conceded another goal to gloom over in the locker room, and the hosts brought the score to an indecent one in the second half.
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Uruguay is in the fourth position in the standings with 25 points after 17 rounds. The Sky Blues gained seven victories and four draws and suffered six losses. The team was in crisis in the course of the current qualifiers, and it led to the resignation of head coach Oscar Tabares. His successor Diego Alonso scored nine points in three debut games. Thanks to such results, the Uruguayans have officially secured a spot at the 2022 World Cup one round before the end of qualification. On March 25, Alonso’s players gained a difficult home victory over their direct competitors from Peru (1-0). A goal by Giorgian de Arrascaeta was the only one in that match.
Chile will be very motivated to fight, as a victory will give it a small chance to reach the intercontinental playoffs. For most of the leaders of the “golden generation” of the Chilean national team, the upcoming game is a chance to get to the last World Cup in their career. The factor of the home pitch plays in favor of the Chileans. After the away romp from Brazil, the Reds will do everything to win in front of their native stands and make up for past failures. On the other hand, the Uruguayans have adjusted their game in defense under the management of the new coach. And they conceded only one goal in the last three games. It is unlikely that the Sky Blues will abandon their usual tactics. The Chileans will go forward from the first minutes, so it will be convenient for Uruguay to play defense first and use the mistakes of the Reds in the counterattacks. I think the visitors will at least not lose.