selection Venezuela It receives its opposition from Ecuador this Thursday, November 16, for the fifth date of the 2026 World Cup qualifiers. The monumental stadium in Maturin will be the scene of this great game. Let’s remember that ‘Vinotindo’ came into the qualification zone inspired by beating Chile 3-0. Below, we will share all the details so that you can experience this fight live and live.
What time does Venezuela vs. Ecuador
- at Mexico – 4:00 p.m
- In Colombia, Peru and Ecuador – 5:00 p.m
- At Venezuela and Bolivia – 6:00 p.m
- Argentina, Paraguay, Chile, Brazil and Uruguay – 7:00 p.m
October 12 and 17: Venezuela, teamed with Brazil, beat Chile and fuel their dream of reaching the World Cup for the first time with Jefferson Sodelto.
Sodelto, 26, scored the first goal against ‘La Roja’ in Maturin (East), assisted Salomon Rondon for the second and set up Darwin Machis’ goal to seal the 3-0 win.
“Believe, it’s just the beginning,” Sodelto said at the end of the game, referring to the motto that was born as a joke on social networks and became a battle cry: “Guy, I have hope.”
Venezuela are fourth in the South American qualifiers, with seven points, while Uruguay and Brazil are second and third respectively on goal average, and five behind unbeaten Argentina.
South America has six direct spots for the 2026 World Cup, while the seventh-placed team will play a playoff against a team from another continent.
“Great goals!, great game!, 52 thousand people, the monument of Maduro (…) the great victory, the joy, the emotion of thinking that this time yes, this time we are going to the World Cup, we cannot forget. President Nicolás Maduro celebrated this Wednesday.
Vinodinto has already had a similar start in qualifying for Brazil-2014. He finished sixth with 20 points for Uruguay, five away from a playoff spot.
“It’s only been four games and I still think it’s too early to say we’ve found an identity or an idea,” said Fernando ‘Bocha’ Bautista, who took over Venezuela’s squad since March following Jose Beckerman’s unexpected departure. He was part of the coaching staff as a field assistant.
“The idea is to try to bring our best forward in every game.” And Sodelto wore the shirt.
The Brazilian Santos midfielder has had several episodes of indiscipline in professional football, and he is yet to show his best performance in 36 episodes with the national shirt.
He started playing on the left wing on Tuesday, alongside Samuel Sousa and Edward Bello, who scored a stellar bicycle kick goal against Brazil (1-1) and is new to the starting eleven, a hook behind captain Rondon.
It didn’t go well in the beginning, but it exploded until the ‘Bocha’ decided to give more freedom in the centre.
“Jefferson doesn’t give a break when he’s on his feet,” the coach highlighted.
The first goal – along with Vinodinto’s fourth – came from a mistake by Paulo Diaz, helped by Jose ‘Brujo’ Martinez to score ’10’ just before the break, which had already given the rival the first imbalance. It was 10 runs in the second half.
The second assist, with Gary Medell’s pace, left Rondon with the ball, which he had to boot away; Then, he beat Felipe Loyola and from the baseline, he laid the center to Darwin Machis, who finished just off the right post.