Leaders In Thursday’s South American 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying match, Brazil easily defeated Uruguay 4-1, putting the team on standby for a direct spot in Qatar next year. In the Selecao’s home match in Manaus, Neymar and Raphinha shone. (Learn More About Football)
Second-place Argentina had just defeated Peru 1-0 and is on the verge of securing a direct qualifying berth. Although Lionel Messi did not have one of his better days, the hosts were able to create the most chances in the game.
Brazil has the most points of any team that has advanced through four South American qualifiers since the current format was introduced in 2002. Argentina has 25 points after 11 games, while both teams have played 11 games.
Due to COVID-19 protocols, the match between the two rivals in September was called off after only seven minutes of play. FIFA has yet to make a decision on whether or not the match will be re-played. Ecuador is still in third place with 17 points after a 0-0 draw with Colombia, which is in fourth place with 16 points, just ahead of Uruguay.
The top four teams will be guaranteed a spot in the World Cup next year. An intercontinental playoff is still an option for the fifth-place team. In November, the South American World Cup qualifiers will resume with two rounds.
Brazil was intense from the first minute, much different from the two recent displays against Venezuela and Colombia, as they played for the first time with fans in the stands since the pandemic hit.
In the 10th minute, Neymar scored after Fred found him in the middle of the Uruguayan defence. The star dribbled past goalkeeper Fernando Muslera and slammed a shot into the net from almost no angle.
Raphinha, a Leeds player who made his first start for Brazil, added a second from close range in the 18th minute. In the 58th minute, he added a third goal with a powerful left-footed cross.
Uruguay’s consolation goal came in the 77th minute, when veteran Luis Suarez scored a free kick. However, Uruguay’s hopes were dashed in the 83rd minute when substitute Gabriel Barbosa headed past Muslera after a cross from Neymar, which was allowed after video review.
Raphinha, 24, expressed her happiness by saying, “I can’t explain how happy I am.” “Tonight could last an eternity.” I’ll return to Leeds and focus on what brought me here: doing a good job. “I’d like to return here.”
PERU 1-0 ARGENTINA
Argentina squandered two scoring chances in the first two minutes of the game. And it looked like it was going to hammer Peru when Lautaro Martinez scored a headed goal in the 43rd minute after Nahuel Molina’s right-wing cross.
The second half, however, revealed a more focused Peru team, which had a golden opportunity to equalise from the penalty spot in the 65th minute after goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez was fouled. Yoshimar Yotun, a seasoned veteran, however, raised the bar.
Argentina had more difficulties against Peru, according to Martnez, than they did against Uruguay on Sunday, when they won 3-0. “Against Uruguay, our game was more fluid, and there were more gaps,” Martinez said. “We ran into a few problems, but we always managed to find a solution.” We did find it today.”
Chile climbed to sixth place with 13 points after a 3-0 home win over bottom-placed Venezuela on Thursday. For the hosts, Erick Pulgar scored twice and Ben Brereton added a third goal.
Bolivia defeated Paraguay 4-0 in La Paz, prompting their opponents to dismiss coach Eduardo Berizzo following the game. The goals were scored by Rodrigo Ramallo, Moises Angulo, Victor Abrego, and Roberto Fernandez. Bolivia moved up to seventh place with 12 points, ahead of Paraguay in eighth place.