With the date 12 of this Thursday, two thirds of the South American Qualifiers will have been completed and the duels are beginning to be all or nothing. Bolivia-Paraguay, Colombia-Ecuador, Chile-Venezuela and a stellar Brazil-Uruguay will complete the day in addition to Argentina-Peru.
Bolivia vs. Paraguay
Paraguay (12 points), led by Eduardo Berizzo, will visit Bolivia (9) from 5 p.m. (Televisa TyC Sports) with the aim of achieving a victory that brings him closer to the World Cup qualifying positions. Otherwise, he will be hit by his rival and will start fighting for other people’s results. The Guaraní cast came from getting a valuable draw against Argentina at home, but then disappointed with a 0-2 in Chile that, to top it all, revived the trans-Andean team in their World Cup hopes. Bolivia, meanwhile, gave the note by beating Peru 1-0 in La Paz, after a 0-3 defeat in Ecuador. In the first leg in Asunción, it was a 2-2 draw.
Colombia vs. Ecuador
From 18 (Public TV), Colombia (15) and Ecuador (16) will star in Barranquilla in a duel of direct applicants to be in Qatar. The locals, for the moment in playoff position, will try to value the draws achieved these days against Uruguay and Brazil (both without goals). Those led by Gustavo AlfaroFor their part, they are the great surprise of the tournament and are third, but suffered a hard blow in Venezuela when they fell 2-1. In the first leg in Quito, Ecuador made history by thrashing 6-1.
Chile vs. Venezuela
Chile (10) will face a new match in which it is forced to win from 21 (DeporTV), this time against Venezuela. With their success against Paraguay, those led by the Uruguayan Martín Lasarte broke a run of 7 games without wins (4 defeats) and recovered a certain World Cup illusion after staying out of Russia 2018. Venezuela, for its part, is the last in the table but It also comes from breaking a 6-game opposing streak (5 falls) by beating Ecuador. In the first leg in Caracas, Venezuela won 2-1.
Brazil vs. Uruguay
They will close the day Brazil (28) and Uruguay (16) in a duel with a lot of history, from 9:30 p.m. (TyC Sports 2). Although the general record favors the Brazilians with 37 wins against 20 (20 draws), much of that difference was built in friendlies. They met twice for World Cups: Uruguayan maracanazo (2-1) in the final of 1950 and Brazilian triumph (3-1) in the semis of Mexico ’70. For Copa América, the record is also equal: 9 wins per side and 8 draws. While by Qualifying, it is already pure domain of the Verdeamarela: 5 successes, 5 draws and a solitary celestial joy.
In the Arena Amazônia in the city of Manaus and with Neymar Among the headlines, the locals will seek to resume the victory path after the equality against Colombia that ruined their perfect score. Those of the Master TabárezMeanwhile, they suffered a hard fall against Argentina in Buenos Aires (0-3) after drawing without goals against Colombia in Montevideo and will seek to end the triple date with more than one point. In the first leg, it was a 2-0 Brazilian victory.