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Argentina thrashes Uruguay, Lionel Messi scores one

Argentina thrashes Uruguay, Lionel Messi scores one

Argentina has plenty of what is so scarce in Uruguay: the goal.

With goals from Lionel Messi, Rodrigo De Paul and Lautaro Martínez, the Albiceleste thrashed 3-0 in the Rio de la Plata classic played on Sunday at the Monumental Stadium for the qualifying rounds for the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

Argentina thus added 22 points, six less than the leader Brazil. With a victory over Peru on Thursday, the Albiceleste will meet the goal of 25 units that had been proposed in this triple elimination date to have the classification at hand.

“We had a great game, I think we are growing a lot at the level of play,” declared Messi after the victory. “We get used to having the ball. Today was a tough game and we had to win it. Everything turned out perfect ”.

Lionel Scaloni’s team extended its undefeated streak to 24 games, the second longest streak in its history after 33 games without losses between 1991 and 1993 under Alfio Basile.

Brazil 0, Colombia 0

BARRANQUILLA, Colombia (AP) – Leader Brazil could not get past the 0-0 draw on Sunday when they visited Colombia and saw their immaculate step broken in the World Cup qualifying rounds.

Although he had to settle for a point, the Verdeamarela was closer to certifying his pass to the Qatar event.

Equality in hot Barranquilla was not a bad deal for Colombia’s claims to qualify for its third world championship in a row.

It was Brazil’s first draw in 10 games of the South American playoffs after chaining nine victories. They set the pace with 28 points, six more than their Argentine guard, who came close after beating Uruguay 3-0 in Buenos Aires.

The Brazil-Argentina classic at the beginning of September in Sao Paulo was stopped after seven minutes because four Argentinian players who play in English soccer apparently violated Brazilian protocols due to the pandemic. Three of them were on the court at the time. FIFA must determine what to do with the match, whether to resume it or declare a winner.

Venezuela 2, Ecuador 1

CARACAS (AP) – Ecuador took a misstep in its claims to return to a World Cup. Venezuela broke a negative streak in the middle of a frustrating process.

Midfielder Eduard Bello scored a goal from a free kick and assisted in the other for Venezuela to come back and defeat visiting Ecuador 2-1 on Sunday in the South American qualifiers heading to Qatar 2022.

Enner Valencia, forward of Turkey’s Fenerbahce, put Ecuador ahead by converting a penalty in the 37th minute, after a foul was called against his teammate Gonzalo Plata and that in principle it was not sanctioned by the Uruguayan referee Andrés Cunha. Through video arbitration, it was found that the Venezuelan midfielder José Martínez hit Plata in the area at a time when he slipped under a torrential rain.

Everything seemed well under way for the team of Argentine coach Gustavo Alfaro, ready to pocket three points and establish himself as third in the standings.

Chile 2, Paraguay 0

SANTIAGO (AP) – With goals from Ben Brereton and Mauricio Isla, Chile revived its remote chances of qualifying for the Qatar 2022 World Cup on Sunday by beating Paraguay 2-0 on Sunday.

The victory left Chile with 10 points, in eighth place in the standings, ahead only of Bolivia and Venezuela.

Chile, which will host Venezuela next Thursday, is five points away from the playoff spot, currently occupied by Colombia.

In a rough match, Anglo-Chilean striker Brereton opened the scoring 68 and winger Isla increased to 72.

“We are alive, we are alive,” said Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal.

It was just Chile’s second win in 11 games of these South American qualifiers, snapping a two-game losing streak that included a 2-0 loss to Peru in Lima last Thursday. La Roja had not won since they beat Peru 2-0 at home in November 2020.

Bolivia 1, Peru 0

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) – With one man less, Bolivia managed to embitter Peru by winning 1-0 on Sunday thanks to an agonizing goal from Ramiro Vaca that diminished Blanquirroja’s chances of repeating in a World Cup.

The only goal came in the 82nd minute through the newly entered Vaca, a shot that was brushed against by the Peruvian defender Alexander Callens.

Vaca’s score came at a time when Peru attacked the most after the expulsion of Bolivian midfielder Henry Vaca at 75.

Peru fell again at the height of La Paz, where it has never been able to win in the World Cup qualifiers.

Toned by a 2-0 victory against Chile in Lima last Thursday, the Peruvians were betting on their third win in a row in these qualifying rounds to get closer to the qualifying zone for the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

The first four from South America go directly to the World Cup, and the fifth will play an intercontinental playoff.

 

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