Argentina and Uruguay Set to Clash in World Cup Qualifying Match
The highly anticipated World Cup Qualifying match between Argentina and Uruguay is set to take place, bringing together old friends and creating a small incentive for both teams. Marcelo Bielsa, former coach of Argentina, will face his former team after more than 20 years, while Luis Suarez will reunite with his friend Lionel Messi. The match will be held at La Bombonera Stadium on date 5, starting at 21:00 local time (1:00 Spanish time).
Argentina’s Dominance in the Qualifiers
The Albiceleste currently leads the qualification standings with an impressive record of four victories without conceding a single goal. They aim to maintain their advantage before their upcoming match against Brazil. The team is expected to field an unchanged lineup, with the return of Angel Di Maria after missing the October FIFA date due to injury. However, the surprise inclusion of Spanish player Pablo Maffeo, who has Argentine roots, has raised eyebrows.
Argentina’s Potential Starting Eleven
During training sessions, the Argentine coach hesitated on Messi’s attacking partner. The potential starting eleven could consist of Draw Martínez; Nahuel Molina, Cristian Romero, Otamendi, Tagliafico; Rodrigo De Paul, Enzo Fernández, Alexis Mac Allister; Angel Di María or Nicolás González, Messi, and Julián Álvarez or Lautaro Martínez.
Uruguay’s Return of Key Players
Uruguay will have the return of Luis Suárez, who was not called up for previous FIFA dates. Another notable return is Rodrigo Bentancur, who has recovered from torn cruciate ligaments in his left knee. However, Edinson Cavani will miss the match due to injury. Under the guidance of Loco Bielsa, Uruguay has shown positive performances and currently occupies third place in the standings, tied with Brazil.
Possible Starting Eleven for Uruguay
The Uruguayan coach has experimented with the following starting eleven: Sergio Rochet; Ronald Araújo, Giménez, Cáceres, Mathias Olivera; Ugarte, Fede Valverde, Nico De La Cruz; Pellistri or Agustín Canobbio, Maxi Araújo, and Darwin Núñez.
Classification and Match Details
The top six teams from the CONMEBOL qualifiers will automatically qualify for the 2026 World Cup. Currently, Argentina leads the standings with 12 points from 4 matches. The match will be officiated by referee Wilmar Roldán from Colombia and will take place at La Bombonera in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Argentina: Draw Martínez; Nahuel Molina, Cristian Romero, Otamendi, Tagliafico; Rodrigo De Paul, Enzo Fernández, Alexis Mac Allister; Ángel Di María or Nicolás González, Messi, and Julián Álvarez or Lautaro Martínez.
Uruguay: Sergio Rochet; Ronald Araújo, Giménez, Cáceres, Mathias Olivera; Ugarte, Fede Valverde, Nico De La Cruz; Pellistri or Agustín Canobbio, Maxi Araújo, and Darwin Núñez.
Referee: Wilmar Roldán (Colombia)
Place: La Bombonera (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
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