Lionel Messi was among the many scorers as Argentina beat rival Uruguay 3-0, hours after Brazil’s run of consecutive wins in South American World Cup qualifying led to a 0-0 with Colombia in Barranquilla.
Brazil leads the qualifying competitors with 28 factors from 9 wins and the draw, six factors away from second-place Argentina. The match between Brazil and Argentina was contentiously suspended after seven minutes of play due to COVID-19 protocols. FIFA is but to determine what to do with the sport.
Brazil’s tally to date would have been sufficient to qualify for all World Cups instantly since 2002.
Ecuador stays in third spot with 16 factors, marginally forward of Uruguay primarily based on the variety of victories.
Colombia is in fifth place with 15 factors. All three have already performed 11 matches.
Chile was enjoying Paraguay in a while Sunday.
The high 4 groups earn direct entry to the World Cup in Qatar subsequent yr. The fifth-place workforce can nonetheless qualify through an inter-continental playoff.
Brazil’s Neymar gestures throughout a qualifying match for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 towards Colombia in Barranquilla, Colombia, Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
All groups in South American World Cup qualifiers will play once more on Thursday.
ARGENTINA 3, URUGUAY 0
Messi’s workforce was getting ready for a protracted, tense evening on the Monumental Stadium in Buenos Aires. Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez chosen a back-five to cease Argentina’s highly effective offense and his workforce created a lot of the greatest early alternatives, with Luis Suerez hitting the publish as soon as and forcing goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez to make two nice saves.
But then a stroke of luck helped Argentina within the thirty eighth minute. Messi gave an overhead go in an try to help Nico Gonzalez, who failed to the touch it. But the ball gently and unexpectedly handed by goalkeeper Fernando Muslera, into the correct nook.
Argentina’s Lionel Messi falls throughout a qualifying match for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 towards Uruguay in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Gustavo Garello)
Luck as soon as extra was on the Argentinian aspect within the forty fourth. A sequence of passing errors by each groups gave a transparent alternative to Lautaro Martinez on the sting of the field. Lautaro didn’t hit it cleanly, nevertheless it was sufficient to maneuver the ball within the path of a Rodrigo de Paul.
The second half began with Uruguay making an attempt to cost up entrance with substitutes Edinson Cavani and Darwin Nu�ez, however as soon as once more it was Argentina which scored. Messi discovered De Paul on the correct flank, and the midfielder despatched a low cross into the penalti field. Lautaro Martinez scored from shut vary.
Argentina’s subsequent problem shall be towards Peru. Uruguay will journey to Brazil.
COLOMBIA 0, BRAZIL 0
It was Brazil’s first draw after 9 wins in accomplished matches within the event its superclasico with Argentina final month was suspended.
Brazil had one of the best alternatives of the encounter and compelled Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina to make three key saves. The most necessary was within the 84th minute in a detailed vary end by substitute Antony.
Neymar returned to the Selecao after a suspension, however was off tempo, lacking a number of passes and operating with obvious problem. He left the pitch instantly after the ultimate whistle. Brazil coach Tite stated in a information convention an excessive amount of is anticipated from his star participant the entire time.
“He is an exceptional player because he makes exceptional plays, he does it exceptionally and not ordinarily,” Brazil’s coach stated.
“He is a special player, we know it. And he was also well marked, sometimes by two players.”
Tite examined out lineup or formation modifications, as he promised. His defensive midfield was Fabinho and Fred for the primary time. He additionally used wingers Raphinha and Antony within the second half, following their spectacular performances within the 3-1 win at Venezuela.
Colombia coach Reinaldo Rueda stated his workforce did effectively regardless of the absence of suspended Juan Guillermo Cuadrado. After attracts towards Uruguay and Brazil, Colombia can see sixth-placed Paraguay get nearer within the desk.
“This match gives us optimism about what is coming,” Rueda stated.
“Brazil is a very tough team, they had won all their matches in qualifiers. So from this angle it was very positive what Colombia did today.”
Colombia’s subsequent match may even be at residence towards Ecuador.
Also on Sunday, third place Ecuador misplaced 2-1 at Venezuela and pissed off followers who have been hoping to get nearer to a World Cup spot.
Enner Valencia opened the scoring for the guests from the spot within the thirty seventh, however Venezuela turned its fortunes with targets by Darwin Machis late within the first half and Eduard Bello within the sixty fourth.
Ecuador stays on 16 factors and last-place Venezuela has seven.
Bolivia pissed off Peru with a 1-0 win at La Paz. Ramiro Vaca scored the one purpose of the encounter within the eighty fifth minute. Peru remained on 11 factors and Bolivia enhance to 9 factors within the standings.