Independiente del Valle will try to reach this Wednesday the leadership of Group D of the Copa Libertadores at the cost of from Deportes Tolima, from Colombia, who will come out pressed for victoryafter the recent local defeat against Atlético Mineiro, from Brazil.
On the first date of Group D, the Ecuadorian team won 0-2 away from the Brazilian América Mineiro, who reached the group stage after eliminating Guaraní, from Paraguay, and Barcelona, from Ecuador, in the previous phases of the continental tournament.
Meanwhile, the Tolima succumbed 1-3 at home in their debut against Atlético Mineiroso they will come out with the urgency to recover, since a second defeat would compromise their aspirations to reach the round of 16.
This is how Ecuadorians arrive
In the local tournament, Independiente del Valle has an irregular campaign, with 11 points, 8 less than the leader, Barcelona, and on the recent date tied goalless with one of the last in the standings, Guayaquil City.
The team has the same squad that won the title last year in Ecuador under the coaching of the Portuguese Renato Paiva, but has not yet managed to achieve football harmony, although it had an auspicious debut in the current Libertadores. Added to the soccer imbalance of the Ecuadorian team is the prohibition to lead coach Paiva in the Libertadores, because he did not comply with a regulatory provision of the South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) for European coaches who go on to lead in South America.
The Valley team will use Argentine reinforcements, such as defenders Richard Schunke, Mateo Carabajal; midfielders Cristian Pellerano, Lorenzo Faravelli, Nicolás Previtali and the team’s top scorer in 2021, Jonathan Bauman.
Tolima, to recover
Meanwhile, Deportes Tolima is in second place in the Colombian league standings, with 32 points, one less than Atlético Nacional. On the recent date of the Colombian tournament, the team led by coach Hernán Torres defeated Águilas Doradas 3-0, with Michael Rangel scoring and Andrés Felipe Ibarguen scoring two.
Among the foreign figures who could act tomorrow with Tolima, is the goalkeeper of the Ecuadorian team, Alexander Domínguez; the Peruvian Raziel García and the Chilean Rodrigo Ureña, together with the Paraguayan attacker naturalized Mexican Gustavo Ramírez.
While Independiente del Valle participates for the eighth time in the Libertadores, with a final in 2016, which they lost to the Colombian Atlético Nacional,
Tolima does it for the ninth time, with a semifinal in 1982.
The match will be played tomorrow, Wednesday, at the Banco Guayaquil Stadium, owned by Independiente del Valle, with the arbitration of the Peruvian Kevin Ortega.
Time: 8:55 p.m.
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