Chile – Uruguay: Uruguay’s Second Half Reaction Defeats An Intense And Creative Chile (0-1)
With a 5-3-2 setup, Chile coach Reinaldo Rueda came up with an outstanding plan to nullify the Uruguayan attack and create spaces up front for Alexis Sánchez to lead the Chilean offense. However, Uruguay matched Chile’s intensity during the second half, nullifying the Chilean attack and forcing a close game with very few open play chances that was ultimately decided by a late Cavani header.
Tactical analysis and match report by José Perez.
After starting the first two group stage games with a 4-3-3 formation, coach Reinaldo Rueda surprised us with a 5-3-2 setup that was specially prepared to nullify their opponents. The goal of Gabriel Arias was defended by a back three of Gary Medel, Guillermo Maripán and Gonzalo Jara, with Paulo Díaz and Óscar Opazo as right and left wing-backs, respectively. Midfield featured a trio of Erick Pulgar in the holding role, with Charles Aránguiz and Pedro Hernández as interior midfielders. Up front featured a striker duo of Alexis Sánchez who would often act as Chile’s number ten- and Eduardo Vargas, who was in charge of running behind the Uruguayan defense and receiving long balls.
Manager Óscar Tabárez perhaps wanted to vary his lineup a bit after the defensive struggles experienced against Japan. The team started with the usual 4-4-2 with Jose María Giménez and Diego Godín at the back and Edinson Cavani and Luis Suárez up front, but Tabárez made some chances in the . . .