The dispute for a place in the 2022 Qatar World Cup has resumed after 5 months of inactivity. How did each team do?
After 5 months from the previous matchday concerning this competition, the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers were already played. Each team faced the corresponding opponent, with results that affected the overall standings. Moreover, they are also eager to complete what their fixtures await to see which national teams will get a place in the most important soccer competition worldwide.
Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela have played their matches corresponding to the seventh and eighth match date. We are getting close to the middle of the competition, as CONMEBOL Qualifiers consist of 18 match dates. So, let’s see how each team did and the overall standings so far. Which teams will make it and play in Qatar 2022 World Cup?
Bolivia achieved a great home victory against Venezuela. In an exciting match, Marcelo Martins was responsible for two of their three goals and became Man of the Match. The remaining goal was scored by Diego Bejarano, while defensive player Jhon Chancellor scored what was the tying goal for Venezuela.
Uruguay and Paraguay couldn’t make a difference during the match, and the score was tied with no goals for either side. One point for each, which appears to be more beneficial for the Charrúas, who are still in a qualifying position. In the case of Paraguay, they need to start winning to get to the first 5 places and at least play the playoff match to determine their qualification.
Argentina and Chile also tied in a poor match from both sides. Lionel Messi scored a penalty, while Alexis Sanchez was in charge of putting things even. Both goals were scored during the first half, which would become the final match result. Each team had chances to get a winning goal, but opportunities were wasted. One point for each in the overall standings.
Colombia surprised everyone with their away victory against Perú. It was a three-goal difference between both teams. Mina, Uribe, and Díaz were in charge of taking the ball to the net in a game that had two red cards shown, one for each team. Miguel Trauco was sent off when 45 minutes of the match had been played, and 14 minutes later came the turn of Daniel Muñoz for an early shower.
Brazil continues to make winning look easy with their victory by two over Ecuador. In a match where it seemed that only one team was playing, Richarlison opened the scoreboard. Neymar was in charge of shooting the penalty kick that meant the second goal and definite result in favor of the Cariocas.
Ecuador seems unable to secure a victory, even when dominating the match. In a game where ball possession was 70% for the home team, they couldn’t take advantage of the created situations and fell against Perú. Even though Perú doesn’t mean any threat so far in the overall standings, this result narrowed the distance between the follow-up teams. Cueva and Advíncula scored for Perú, while Gonzalo Plata was in charge of the discount goal, scarce minutes before the match came to an end.
Another tie with no goals for Uruguay. This time was against Venezuela. Both teams neutralized the rival’s opportunities and ended up taking a single point home. Venezuela needs to start getting three-pointers soon to get into the dispute for qualification, while Uruguay’s position gets more and more compromised due to not being able to score and win.
It seemed Argentina was going to celebrate and bring 3 valuable points home. Romero and Paredes were in charge of scoring the first two goals, and by the eighth minute of the match, things looked pretty complicated for Colombia. However, they managed to put things even thanks to a penalty kick taken and scored by Muriel, and a last-minute goal scored by Borja. An exciting match, worth its replay.
Brazil got a two-goal difference once again. This time it was against Paraguay, in Defensores del Chaco Stadium. Neymar opened the scoreboard, only four minutes after kick-off. Paquetá was in charge of securing the victory with his goal at the last minute of the match. A great away victory for Brazil.
Chile and Bolivia could not make a difference during the 90 minutes of the match. Pulgar scored the first goal of the match, while Marcelo Martins was responsible for scoring the penalty kick awarded to his team in the 82nd minute. One point for each in the overall standings. Neither of them beneficiates from this, as the top five places are even further away now.
So far, Brazil (18), Argentina (12), Ecuador (9), and Uruguay (8) hold the qualification standings. Colombia (8) would be playing the playoffs to determine their future. Paraguay (7), Chile (6), Bolivia (5), Venezuela (4), and Perú (4) need to improve their results during the following matches if they want to participate in the 2022 Qatar World Cup. With ten more matches to be played, anything can happen.
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