The Venezuelan Under-20 team will play this Tuesday its first game of the final hexagonal against Paraguay in the South American Championship of that category in Colombia.
Venezuela will do its best to start off on the right foot in the last phase of the competition after qualifying miraculously and with a good job last Saturday against Chile.
Those led by Argentine Fabricio Coloccini began the group stage with two tough defeats against Bolivia (0-1) and Uruguay (0-3) due to errors in attack and defense. They were placed on the verge of elimination but the Creole team never threw in the towel.
In the last two rounds of the group stage against Ecuador (1-0) and Chile (1-0), Vinotinto adjusted, improved their game and won. Brayan Alcócer was the figure in those two games, scoring the goals that gave the country victory.
Although Alcócer's goals came from the penalty spot, it is necessary to highlight the defensive stamina that Venezuela had to defend the result until the end.
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On the other hand, Coloccini's Vinotinto will be led by one of the teams that showed the best things in the initial phase: Paraguay, led by Aldo Bobadilla.
The albirroja, classified as third in Group A in which they won their matches against Argentina and Peru, tied with Colombia and lost to Brazil on the last day, to which they arrived classified.
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However, for today's game the midfielders Diego Gómez and Nelson Gauto, who were injured on the eve of the tournament, are doubtful.
One of the strengths of the Guarani is their attack, against Brazil, the great favorite of the tournament, they faced him with a defensive line of three players and managed to score a goal despite the 2-1 defeat against the verdeamarela team.
Now, the focus is on getting one of the four spots for the U-20 World Cup in Indonesia for next May. For Venezuela it will be hard but not easy, the competition will increase in intensity.
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