Ecuador prepares to start the World Cup qualifiers with three points less: Argentina, its first big test | The USA Print

Ecuador prepares to start the World Cup qualifiers with three points less: Argentina, their first test

The Ecuadorian team will start the South American qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup, facing the current world champion Argentina this Thursday, and Although no match has been played, ‘La Tri’ is already in last place in the Conmebol table with three points lessproduct of the sanction he received for the controversial ‘Byron Castillo case’.

However, the Ecuadorian players have asked that this be put aside since it is out of their hands and they hope to concentrate on what they can control, which is trying to start the qualifiers on the right footThis is how goalkeeper Alexander Domínguez and striker Kevin Rodríguez have let the press know in Argentina.

We must try to focus a little more on the issue of the three points and yes think about what the game will be. The idea of ​​the whole group is to try to add as many points as necessary. Then we’ll see if it reaches us. Today we know that we don’t have those points on the table now, so we shouldn’t wear our heads thinking about the three points,” said Domínguez, goalkeeper for the Liga de Quito club.

Ecuador prepares to start the World Cup qualifiers with three points less: Argentina, their first test
Ecuador has just participated in the Qatar 2022 World Cup. Photo: JUNG YEON-JE/ ​​AFP via Getty Images.
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For his part, Rodríguez pointed out the importance of getting a point in his first game away from home and he was excited to face the current world champions. “It’s a nice game that any footballer wants to play. We know the responsibility that these matches entail and we are preparing“, expressed the attacker of the Belgian Saint-Gilloise.

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Ecuador comes from signing a brilliant performance in the last qualifiers, in which they classified fourth in South America led by the Argentine coach Gustavo Alfaro, however, now they will have the Spanish Félix Sánchez leading the bench and with the hopes of returning to the World Cup.

‘La Tri’ will begin its World Cup journey with a negative balance of three points, due to the resolution issued by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) before the start of Qatar 2022 for the Byron Castillo caseproduct of the accusation filed by Chile and joined by Peru against the suspicions of the player’s birth certificate.

The prosecution sought Ecuador will be sanctioned for an alleged improper nationality of Castillo in the previous qualifiers by maintaining that the player was born in Colombia and had been registered as an Ecuadorian through allegedly false documents.

With information from EFE.

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