The suspension of the match with Vélez, due to an accident (the death of Hernán Manrique, field assistant to Marcelo Bravo at the Fortín Reserve), gave Racing some breathing room. In a conflict scenario, why Had he just lost 6 of his last 7 games, the Cylinder would have been hot. Not having played on Friday allowed him to renew his energies, rest and think about tonight’s duel against Aucas.
Unlike the league, from the Libertadores to the Academy everything is fine. He has 7 points and comes from a draw against Flamengo which was enhanced because he played almost the entire game with one man down due to Gabriel Hauche’s expulsion.
The match will be played from 21:00 to 21:00. (Argentina time) at the Cooprogreso Gonzalo Pozo Ripalda stadium, located in the city of Quito (2,850 meters above sea level), and will be refereed by the Bolivian Gery Vargas. The broadcast will be in charge of the Fox Sports cable signal.
In the event that Racing wins and Flamengo beats Ñublense (tomorrow at Mayor Ester Roa Rebolledo’s stadium), Fernando Gago’s team will secure participation in the round of 16 of the competition.
In view of the match against the Ecuadorians, Gago will not be able to count on the aforementioned Hauche.
In addition to the fall of the Demon, he won’t even have the Paraguayan Matías Rojas, who suffered from bone edema in his right ankle, or Maximiliano Romero, who tore the rectus femoris of his right lower limb. Both continue to recover.
Gago will implement a five-man back line with the return of Gonzalo Piovi (has recovered from a Grade 2 injury to the medial collateral ligament, left knee), who will join Facundo Mura, Leonardo Sigali, Jonathan Galván and Gabriel Rojas.
Another one who will return will be Paolo Guerrero, who has been unable to play the last few games due to injury.
Another novelty is the presence of the young Santino Vera, 17 years old, who got on the plane with the team and will occupy a place on the bench. The boy is a central midfielder.
Aucas, for his part, is in third place in his group with three points and in the last round he lost 2-1 against the Chilean Ñublese.
The Ecuadorian team is obliged to win to continue with the chances of qualifying for the next stage of the continental tournament
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