Chile are facing a real battle against hosts Brazil during their 2014 World Cup round of 16 match, and should they find a way to qualify for the quarter-finals, they'll have to face their next opponents without Eugenio Mena or Francisco Silva.
As shared by ESPN FC, both the left back and the defensive midfielder are suspended due to accumulation of yellow cards:
If #CHI advance, they will be without 2 of their starters today. Silva and Mena will be suspended for yellow card accumulation.— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) June 28, 2014
Per Selecao Brasileira, the early yellow card was a deserved one, as the full-back clearly handled the ball:
Santos player Eugenio Mena gets a deserved yellow after stopping the ball with his hand.— Seleção Brasileira (@BrazilStats) June 28, 2014
Futbol Moderno has the Vine:
AMARILLA PARA EUGENIO MENA QUE SE PERDERIA LOS 4TOS HIPOTETICAMENTE. https://t.co/FmuxEaGZee— Fútbol Moderno (@FutbolModerno_) June 28, 2014
Playing as a wing-back, Mena's marauding runs down the left flank are vital to Jorge Sampaoli's tactics. He's responsible for both the defensive and offensive assignments on his side of the pitch, using tremendous athleticism to close down spaces in a hurry.
He might not be the biggest name on the Chilean team, but he's an important contributor nonetheless.
Losing Silva is a bigger blow for Chile, as his position in the center of the midfield allow La Roja to play their hyper-aggressive style on defense.
Brazil scored the opening goal just a couple of minutes later, and with Mena already playing on a yellow card, he will have to be careful for the remainder of this match.
Miiko Albornoz would be the most likely replacement for Mena should Chile advance, and the Swedish-born 23-year-old lacks any real international experience, having been capped just twice for Chile.
Brazil are obvious favourites in this match, and it will take a enormous performance from La Roja to advance to the next round. Should they succeed, a date with Colombia and their in-form winger Juan Cuadrado would be likely, so thing aren't about to get any easier for Chile's full-backs.