Ecuador caught up a good rhythm in the campaign, as they have two consecutive victories behind them. First, they defeated Uruguay with 4:2 at home, back in October, and in their latest clash on the road to Bolivia, come with a 2:3 victory.
The match in Bolivia was interesting to watch, as it was a very dynamic one, with both teams shooting from all their guns. After the first sixty minutes, the result on the scoreboard was 2:2, as the home side proved that they can be very dangerous from transition, while the guests held the ball to their feet for most of the time.
A draw was becoming a very realistic scenario, but the visitors from Equador were provided with the penalty in the last minutes of the match, which was executed by Gruezo, who brought his team this close 2:3 win.
Ecuador is currently in 3rd place in the standings, having six points out of three matches played.
Ecuadorians will not be counting at goalkeeper Padilla (3/0, El Nacional), and midfielders Noboa (76/4, Sochi), and Ibarra (18/3, Pachuca) comparing to previous call-ups.
Colombia made a setback last Friday evening against Uruguay when they suffered a convincing 0:3 defeat, playing at home.
After they conceded early in the 5th minute of the clash, they appeared confused a bit on the field, as despite having the ball to their feet most of the time, weren’t able to create a decent chance, clearly lacking ideas at the finishing.
On the contrary, the guests used their chances effectively, and with two goals scored in the 54th (a penalty by Suarez) and in the 73rd minute a goal by Nunez, deservedly took this victory.
Colombia has one victory, a draw, and one loss, since the start of the qualifications. They are currently in 7th place, lacking only a point for Paraquay, and a promotional 5th place.
The guests aren’t counting at defender Medina (21/0, Monterrey), Arias (54/0, Leverkusen), midfielder Alzate (4/0, Brighton), forward Falcao (91/35, Galatasaray) compared to previous call-ups.
Should be an open game
Even though Colombia isn’t appearing as they should in these qualifications, they are definitely having great potential. Every match among the nations of South America could be characterized as a tough one, and the Colombians definitely have no reason to stay back in this one. With that being said, in my opinion, the teams are pretty likely to score at least once, as Ecuadorians come into this one well morale boosted.