A triumph that revives the Chileans thanks to the goals of the Argentine Fernando Zampedri in the 44th minute and two later the reply of César Pinares that broke the order that the ‘gaucho tricolor’ had shown so far.
Three points that put the ‘crusaders’ back in the fight for the classification after two defeats in the first two dates in a group that was led by Inter de Porto Alegre with 7 integers, after beating on the date 4-3 to the Colombians from America de Cali. Guild was left with 4 points and America and Catholic matched with three.
The game was marked by the health security measures established by Conmebol for the return of the Libertadores after six months of suspension due to the pandemic, with masks, PCR test (swabbing) and controlled mobility in the two delegations.
Catholic University vs. Guild: how it was played
La Católica dominates the Chilean championship and despite having lost undefeated in the return of football after the pandemic in the southern country, won the three subsequent matches scoring three and four goals per game.
In the Libertadores the scenario is not so bright and the ‘crusaders’ are in last place in Group E with two defeats in the two games played so far, against Internacional and América de Cali.
Hence the significance of this match against Gremio, which is second in the standings with the same (4) points as the leader, its traditional field rival, Inter, so a victory in Santiago can guarantee first place.
La Católica suffers some casualties due to injury: Juan Cornejo has a sprained ligament, Francisco Silva a tear in the quadriceps, Cristopher Toselli a knee problem and Alfonso Parot a strain.
In addition, it is unknown if the coach, Ariel Holan, will be able to count on defender Benjamin Kuscevic, who in recent days was in talks with Dinamo Zagreb to close his signing for the Croatian club, although local press reports point to that the negotiations did not materialize.
However, the strategist has available the team that has been working for him in the local league in recent games and in which he will trust to beat the Guild.
Gremio, meanwhile, is presenting a very irregular football in the local tournament, in which it is twelfth in the standings with six draws and two losses in ten games, and hopes that the continental tournament will become the reason for its recovery.
Renato Gaúcho’s men lost in recent months Everton, their biggest star who was transferred to the Portuguese Benfica, and Caio Henrique, whose rights were acquired by the Spanish Atlético de Madrid and transferred to the French Monaco.
Another absence in Wednesday’s game will be Argentine defender Walter Kannemann, who is recovering from an injury and will be replaced again by David Braz.
Gaúcho still does not know if he will be able to count on Maicon, who had to be replaced in the match with Fortaleza, so he may be replaced by Darlan or Lucas Silva.
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