Leaders Brazil simply defeated Uruguay 4-1 in October 14 South American World Cup qualifying match, placing the staff in standby mode for its direct spot at Qatar subsequent yr. Neymar and Raphinha shone for the Seleção in its dwelling match at Manaus.
Second-place Argentina beat Peru 1-0 just a few hours earlier and can also be near clinching a direct qualifying berth. Lionel Messi didn’t have one in every of his higher days, however the hosts managed to have the most effective alternatives within the match.
Brazil has 31 factors, greater than any staff that superior in 4 South American qualifiers because the present format was established in 2002.
A win in opposition to Colombia in Sao Paulo in November will advance Brazil to Qatar with a number of qualifying matches in hand.
Argentina has 25 factors, and each groups have performed 11 matches.
The encounter between the 2 rivals in September was suspended after seven minutes of play on account of COVID-19 protocols. FIFA has not but determined whether or not the match might be re-played.
Ecuador stays in third spot with 17 factors after a 0-0 draw at Colombia, which has 16 factors in fourth, marginally forward of Uruguay.
The highest 4 groups earn direct entry to the World Cup subsequent yr. The fifth-place staff can nonetheless qualify by way of an intercontinental playoff.
BRAZIL 3, URUGUAY 1
Enjoying for the primary time with followers on the stands because the pandemic hit, Brazil was intense from the primary minute, a lot totally different from the 2 newest shows in opposition to Venezuela and Colombia.
Neymar opened the scoring within the tenth minute after Fred discovered him in the midst of the Uruguayan protection. The star dribbled previous goalkeeper Fernando Muslera and shot with nearly no angle to the again of the web. It was Neymar’s seventieth aim for Brazil, seven wanting Pelé’s report for the staff.
Leeds participant Raphinha, who began for the primary time for Brazil, added a second within the 18th minute from shut vary. And he added the third within the 58th minute with a strong crossed shot from the left.
Veteran Luis Suarez scored Uruguay’s comfort aim within the 77th minute with a free kick. However Uruguay’s hopes have been lastly dashed within the 83rd minute after substitute Gabriel Barbosa headed previous Muslera after a cross by Neymar, in aim that was allowed after video evaluate.
“I can not clarify how comfortable I’m,” mentioned the 24-year-old Raphinha. “Tonight might go eternally. I’ll return specializing in what introduced me right here; doing a very good job at Leeds. I wish to come again right here.”
ARGENTINA 1, PERU 0
Argentina wasted two alternatives to attain within the first two minutes of the match. And it appeared it will hammer Peru when Lautaro Martinez opened the scoring with a headed aim within the forty third minute after a cross from the fitting by Nahuel Molina.
However the second half confirmed a extra intense Peru staff, which had a golden likelihood to equalize from the spot within the sixty fifth minute after a foul by goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez. However veteran Yoshimar Yotun hit the bar.
Martínez mentioned Argentina had extra difficulties in opposition to Peru as compared with the 3-0 win over Uruguay.
“Our recreation was extra fluid in opposition to Uruguay, there have been extra gaps,” Martinez mentioned. “We had just a few difficulties, however we managed to at all times discover a resolution. In the present day we did discover it.”
Additionally on October 14, Chile rose to sixth place with 13 factors after a 3-0 dwelling win in opposition to bottom-of-the-table Venezuela. Erick Pulgar scored twice and Ben Brereton scored the third for the hosts.
Bolivia beat Paraguay 4-0 in La Paz, inflicting their rivals to fireside coach Eduardo Berizzo after the match. Rodrigo Ramallo, Moises Angulo, Victor Abrego and Roberto Fernandez scored the objectives. Bolivia rose to seventh place with 12 factors, transferring forward of eighth-place Paraguay.
Disclaimer: This publish has been auto-published from an organization feed with none modifications to the textual content material and has not been reviewed by an editor