Our prediction for this World Cup 2026 match:
After holding Brazil to a draw at Arena Pantanal, Venezuela will look to give fans yet another reason to celebrate when they take on Chile on Tuesday evening. La Vinotinto are eyeing their second win of the process, but this match will be anything but a walk in the park for Salomon Rondon and Co. Mazatlan forward Eduard Bello is pushing for a rare start after scoring a wonder bicycle-kick goal against the Selecao, with Yefferson Soteldo likely to step up as well.
La Roja, on the other hand, head into the match following a 2-0 win over Peru. Chile, though, are not regarded as good travellers and given Venezuela’s fine displays in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers, the share of spoils is on the cards at Estadio Monumental de Maturin. Matias Catalan has been ruled out with injury, with Paulo Diaz likely to replace him in La Roja’s starting XI.
Highlighted Player (Alexis Sanchez):
Alexis Sanchez is a Chilean football player born on 19th of December 1988. Sanchez started playing football for Cobreloa and played for Colo Colo, River Plate, Udinese and FC Barcelona before he started playing for Arsenal in 2014. The Chilean player is active for the national team as well.
Alexis Sanchez is a right winger and is known for his speed, agility and stamina. Alexis Sanchez won several prizes in his career such as the Primera Division, World Cup for club teams, the FA cup and the Copa America. In 413 games in his career Alexis Sanchez made 112 goals.
Alexis Sanchez’ nickname was give by the Colo Colo fans and is El Nino Maravila which literally means The Wonder Kid. In 2014-2015 Alexis Sanchez was placed in the PFA team of the year and got nominated as Player of the year.
Highlighted Team (Venezuela):
The Venezuela national team is the member of South American CONMEBOL confederation competing at the international stage since 1938, at the same time fighting for glory and popularity in the country where baseball diverts all of the attention from the sport. With increased popularity of the FIFA World Cup the country found enough motivation and incentive to increase player development and fan support in order to strengthen the cult of the national football team.
However, South American minnows Venezuela have never qualified for the FIFA World Cup and as of 2014 they remain the only CONMEBOL member not to achieve this feat. La Vinotinto have however appeared in 15 Copa America tournament with their first entry coming in 1967. Their best result was the fourth-place finish in 2011 and under the new leadership of Rafael Dudamet, Venezuela are looking for an upset at Copa America Centenario.
The most prominent player of the Venezuela national team is New York Cosmos midfielder Juan Arango who is the team’s top scorer and the player with most caps.