Preview: World Cup qualification achieved; now it's time to experiment
Ecuador will take on Alejandro Sabella's squad in a friendly match that will likely get a lot of attention in on the east coast in the USA. With both countries having already guaranteed their place in next year's World Cup, both managers will have a chance to test out some new options.
Argentina will first take on Ecuador, and they will then take on Bosnia-Herzegovina. That will give the Albiceleste a chance to see some of their options, but they will be without Lionel Messi for both.
Preview: The World Cup qualifying match that will keep Uruguay looking
Reaching the 2014 FIFA World Cup on Tuesday evening is what is on the mind of every Ecuadorian and Chilean fan. To achieve that, they will need to play out a draw. That would offer them 26 points each and force Uruguay (currently three behind with 22 points) to settle for a playoff spot.
The Uruguayans have a negative goal difference (-1) compared to third-placed La Tri (+5) and fourth-placed La Roja (+3). Uruguay's upcoming opponents Argentina, meanwhile, share the best defensive record with Colombia in the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying table.
Preview: La Celeste looking to defy Ecuador of a WC spot for the second consecutive time
The fixture has a lot of historical relevance to it and has in the past played a huge role in deciding which team gets to play in the most celebrated football event.
Back in 2001 Ecuador were battling with fellow South American teams to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in their history. La Tri needed just a single point as they squared off against Uruguay at Quito to earn themselves a place in the World Cup, their hopes of making it through were quickly shattered as Uruguay took the lead through a first half penalty. However a late equaliser from Ivan Kaviedes sent the crowd into raptures as Ecuador confirmed their place in the World Cup for the first time.
Preview: A matter of pride against strong hopes
Bolivia have reached the end of the road in the South American World Cup qualifiers, although they have two matches left on their list. The first of those comes up on Tuesday, September 10. In this difficult moment, La Verde will be looking for the support of the home crowd at the Estadio Hernando Siles.
The Bolivians had absolutely no luck against Paraguay, last Friday. They were mercilessly dominated by a much-improved Albirroja side as the match ended 4-0 in Asuncion. This heavy loss forced the visitors to give up on their dream of participating in the World Cup next year.
They are the new occupants of the ninth and last spot in the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying table. As the first South American team to be disqualified, Bolivia will be looking to gain a bit of pride against Ecuador. The home factor should aid them a lot.
The Ecuadorians fell to a 1-0 score line away to Colombia in an encounter that almost got called off due to bad weather. Conditions in La Paz may not be ideal either. Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Argentina and Venezuela all failed to pick maximum points in Bolivia's home so La Tri will have to be cautious.
However, if Ecuador become the first away team in the South American World Cup qualifiers to defeat Bolivia since June 2012, they will be assured of a Top Five finish. As of now, La Tri counts 21 points above fifth-placed Uruguay (19) and Venezuela (16). There is only one automatic spot available as the race gets tighter than ever.
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Preview: When CONMEBOL’s second and third-placed teams clash
Colombia could rocket to the top of the South American World Cup qualifying table with victory tonight. At this point, it is almost only a matter of time for them to secure a place in Brazil 2014.
The Colombians have 23 points from 12 games with a commendable (+14) goal difference. They have scored a massive amount of goals (21) and have the best defence in the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers with only 7 goals conceded.
Ecuador’s stats are not as strong as Colombia’s. However, tonight’s visitors find themselves only a couple of points behind their opponents. They would go second in the standings if they manage to complete the double against Radamel Falcao’s side.
When both sides met in June 2012, a solitary goal from Christian Benitez made the difference. But the talented striker, who died in July this year, will not be available in flesh to help La Tri on Friday. However, his loss could be enough inspiration for the away team to win at the Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Melendez.
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The match was due to kick off at 16:30 ET but had to be delayed. The weather in Barranquilla has been very bad, with heavy rains pouring down and leaving the pitch totally soaked.
Preview: Del Bosque looks on to U-21 stars for International Friendly
Del Bosque made as many seven changes to the 20 man squad set to face Ecuador at the Estadio Monumental Isidro Romero Carbo. Many of these players were part of the Spanish U-21 squad which enjoyed a triumphant run in the European U-21 competition earlier this year.
Real Madrid’s summer acquisition Isco and new Bayern Munich signing Thiago Alcantara head the list of stars which have made the cut, other players which have been included in the Spanish roster include Inigo Martinez, Koke and Tello whereas first team members Xavi, Juan Mata and Gerard Pique have been rested.
Miami, Florida (June 9, 2013)
The 2014 South American World Cup qualifiers continue with four key fixtures all scheduled to take place on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. The European nations will be taking a break from the qualifiers so all eyes will be on the South American qualification.
After the last round of fixtures, the CONMEBOL table has Argentina leading the pack with 25 points, albeit with a game in hand over second and third placed Colombia and Ecuador who both have 20 points. Chile sit in fourth and Venezuela in fifth on 18 and 16 points respectively. Peru are currently in the sixth position with 14 points, but with a crucial game in hand over Venezuela which they can leapfrog on Tuesday with an away victory to Colombia (providing Venezuela lose to Uruguay), putting them in the driver's seat for the critical 5th placed play-off spot.
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Lionel Messi started the stalemate against Colombia on the bench, and the four time Ballon D’or winner awaits the same fate as he is yet to return to full fitness.
Much to the woes of Alejandro Sabella, the Argentina head coach will not be able to utilize the services of Gonzalo Higuain and Pablo Zabaleta as the duo face suspensions. Higuain received his marching orders after a malicious tackle on Ospina in the match against Colombia, whereas Zabaleta who was one yellow card away from suspension will also be out of the important clash.
Boca Juniors full back Clemente Rodriguez is set to replace the Manchester City man in the squad and will face competition from Gino Peruzzi and Hugo Campagnaro for a berth in the starting line up.
Miami Beach, Florida (June 6, 2013) – Matchday 13 in the South American World Cup qualifiers lines up four different fixtures: Bolivia vs Venezuela, Argentina vs Colombia, Paraguay vs Chile and Peru vs Ecuador. All matches are set to air live in the United States on beIN Sport USA, beIN Sport en Español and beIN Sport Play on Friday, June 7, 2013. Live Soccer TV has trimmed the information for its users and will provide live scores on the homepage during proceedings.
The day kicks off with Venezuela’s away encounter against Bolivia scheduled at 16:00 EST / 20:00 GMT. Of course the most anticipated fixture of this qualifying round is Argentina’s clash against Colombia. The absence of injured Lionel Messi could play a key role in the outcome of the game. The hosts might need to tighten up their defence as Radamel Falcao and company plot to catch up on the Albiceleste at the top of the table.
Max Kruse is set to start for Germany. Lars Bender and Roman Neustadtere will be the duo in defensive midfield. Rene Adler will keep in Manuel Neuer’s absence; Benedikt Howedes, Heiko Westermann, Per Mertesacker and Marcell Jansen will protect him. The only remaining questions concern the attacking midfield trio behind Kruse. Sidney Sam…
Miami Beach, Florida (March 20, 2013) – Ecuador have set plans to reverse the 2-1 defeat they suffered against Paraguay in November 2011 in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Ahead of next week’s battle against Los Guaranies, La Tri have scheduled a friendly match against CONCACAF’s El Salvador on Thursday, March 21, 2013. This international fixture will receive huge coverage from some of the world’s biggest sports networks. LiveSoccerTV.com (@LiveSoccerTV) gives you live streaming and TV listing details.
Ecuador have been doing so well lately that even Lionel Messi’s rampant Argentina can feel La Tri’s breath. In the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers, the Ecuadorians are only three points behind the Albiceleste.
Ecuador entertain El Salvador in a 2014 World Cup qualifying preparation game at the Olimpico Atahualpa stadium on Thursday.
The Ecuadorians are currently in second place of the South American World Cup qualifying group, with 17 points from nine games, three points behind group leaders Argentina, with 20 points.
Ecuador, who are on track to qualify for…
Portugal and Ecuador will go head to head on Wednesday for the first time ever. The Portuguese are ranked 7th in the latest FIFA ranking while Ecuador is 12th, the highest ranking they have ever had in their history.
Not only is Ecuador's 12th position shocking, but the fact that they are second in South America only behind Argentina who is ranked third is very impressive. They have managed to surpass countries like Brazil and Uruguay who have had a serious impact in world football over the years.
Ecuador's manager Reinaldo Rueda expects to see a well played match between two great teams.
beIN SPORT, America’s fastest-growing TV network, dedicated to live and exclusive coverage of the world’s best soccer and international sports, kicks off its coverage of the South American Youth Championship tournament live from Argentina on Wednesday…
The Uruguayans remain in the safe zone even after last week’s dreadful defeat to Colombia. They are sandwiched in fourth position against Los Cafeteros and La Tri. In terms of statistics, there is no reason for the 2011 Copa America champions to panic. Coach Oscar Tabarez is hoping from a positive response from his men on Tuesday as he told FIFA.com:
“The only thing we can do to forget this defeat is overcome Ecuador [on Tuesday].”
The question is whether Uruguay can recover from Friday’s shocking loss, their only one in the South American World Cup qualifiers so far. They will be playing on home soil where they have managed 10 points from a possible 12 since the start of the campaign. It is in Montevideo that La Celeste Olimpica defeated Bolivia, Chile and Peru with no less than four goals in each game.
Alejandro Sabella, the coach of Argentina, will be able to count with a full-strength squad when they entertain Ecuador at the Estadio Monumental on Saturday. There was speculation as to whether the coach would select in-form Boca Juniors playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme, but the veteran was excluded from the squad altogether. Sabella has made…
The biggest blow for Ecuador coach Reinaldo Rueda is that Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia will be unavailable after sustaining a hamstring injury during a recent Europa League outing against Ajax Amsterdam. While only two European-based players were called up by Rueda, seven players ply their trade in the Mexican First Division, with the…