Eugenio Mena, Francisco Silva Suspended 1 Match After Yellow Cards vs. Brazil

Gianni VerschuerenFeatured ColumnistJune 28, 2014

Chile's Eugenio Mena attends an official press conference the day before the World Cup soccer match between Chile and Brazil at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Friday, June 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
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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:


Per Selecao Brasileira, the early yellow card was a deserved one, as the full-back clearly handled the ball:

Futbol Moderno has the Vine:

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.

BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JUNE 28: Eugenio Mena of Chile is shown a yellow card by referee Howard Webb during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil round of 16 match between Brazil and Chile at Estadio Mineirao on June 28, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.  (Photo
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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.