The Ecuadorian team beat Uruguay two goals to one in Quito. However, the end of the match left a controversy that caused outrage among those led by Marcelo Bielsa.
However, the duel played at the Rodrigo Paz Delgado stadium ended with controversy.
Carlos Gruezo knocked down Facundo Torres, in the 97th minute of the match and gave the Celest a last stopped balland. Federico Valverde launched an accurate cross into the local team’s six-yard box and Torres himself even tried to push the ball.
After hitting the ball, the midfielder was knocked down by goalkeeper Hernán Galíndez and both hit the left goal post. Wilton Sampaio, referee of the match, should have scored a penalty since the blow existed by action or omission: it should be considered a foul with a yellow card due to the recklessness in the exit to clear.
After the play, The Brazilian judge Wilton Sampaio did not consider it a foul and in turn considered that there was a foul in attack on Kevin Rodríguez and that generated indignation on the Uruguayan bench.
Likewise, at the referee’s final whistle, the Uruguayan players went to complain about the play, which was not even seen by Sampaio in the VAR.
At the end of the match, the Argentine coach in charge of Uruguay, Marcelo Bielsa, said about the incident: “They are claims to see a play in a more favorable way for us than the referee’s decision, but they are inconsequential things., they have successes, they make mistakes, but (the referee) did not harm us. I don’t see that the referee had any influence on the result. What yes, since we were one goal difference, there are plays that you call for, it is natural, as a result of the game going away and the tie not coming.”
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