The coach questioned the arbitration of Venezuelan Alexis Herrera for two actions that, in his opinion, could have changed the course of the game.
The Ecuadorian national team coach, Argentine Gustavo Alfaro, assured that he felt “calm” and “satisfied” with the performance of the team, combative and organized, despite losing 2-0 on Friday against leader Brazil in Porto Alegre, with a dose of additional controversy due to the performance of the Venezuelan referee Alexis Herrera and the management of video arbitration (VAR).
“The truth is I am very calm because the players also told me, who were very satisfied with the performance they had, to play as equals,” said the coach at a press conference in Porto Alegre.
“The games are played according to the team, and the truth is that Ayrton (Preciado) fulfilled the things he had to fulfill. We lacked having a combination, because I think we worked to close all the collective circuits that Brazil had to not be able to enter, and suddenly it happened to us that sometimes we could not give precision to the exit with the ball to exploit the speed that Ayrton can have or the power that Alan (Franco) could have to work outside. I think that in general (Ayrton) played a good game until he also felt a bit of fatigue due to the wear and tear. Our idea was to try to have Brazil as far away from our area as possible and for that we needed the physical unfolds, and that bustle would be felt by the steering wheels, ”Alfaro said, asked about the inclusion of the Santos Laguna attacker.
Ecuador sold its defeat on Friday against Brazil dearly, at the Beira-Rio stadium in Porto Alegre, with a defensive but very organized approach that knew how to disconnect Neymar and company until the 65th minute, when Richarlison scored with the complicity of goalkeeper Alexander Domínguez.
“Brazil can score the goal because we lose a ball at the start, in an area where we know that Brazil puts a lot of pressure,” Alfaro explained, about the action of the first goal in which Lucas Paquetá pressured Xavier Arreaga to steal ‘Ney’ the ball and enabled Richarlison.
Alfaro questioned the arbitration of Venezuelan Alexis Herrera for two actions that, in his opinion, could have changed the course of the match.
In the first, in the 60th minute, midfielder Fred was fouled by an Ecuadorian. The Manchester United midfielder was already booked, the judge did not sanction him and Tite quickly replaced him with Gabriel Jesús.
And in the second, he considered “debatable” an action by Angelo Preciado on Gabriel Jesús that the referee sanctioned as a penalty. Neymar made it 2-0.
“There are times in football that we talk about the results, but there are circumstances that ended up triggering the destiny of a match and that prevented us from having another expectation of results at the end of the match,” he said.
Alfaro assured that beating Peru next Tuesday in Quito will be “a necessity” for the Tricolor, which despite the defeat maintained third place, with nine units, two behind second, Argentina. (D)