Ecuador and Uruguay are closer to Qatar, and Peru in the repechage zone

Sports Writing, Feb 1 (EFE) .- The teams of Ecuador and Uruguay were this Tuesday closer to the World Cup in Qatar and Peru clung to fifth place that gives them the option of a playoff on the sixteenth and penultimate date of the qualifiers that left minimal options for Chile and very few for Colombia.

The fifteenth and sixteenth days took place between Thursday and this Tuesday.

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Brazil thrashed and eliminated Paraguay while raising their lead to 39 points, and Argentina reached 35.

In search of the last two direct places, Ecuador advances with greater possibility, which added 25 points, and Uruguay, which reached 22.The pupils of Gustavo Alfaro, who tied with Brazil 1-1 on Thursday at the altitude of Quito, and with the same result stopped Peru in Lima on Tuesday, are already thinking of Qatar from third place.

Uruguay, one of the biggest beneficiaries by adding 22 integers, after its 0-1 victory over Paraguay and the 4-1 thrashing of bottom side Venezuela in Montevideo climbed to fourth place under the guidance of its new coach, Diego Alonso.

Peru took a giant step by beating Colombia on Friday in Barranquilla and, although it lost 2 units this Tuesday in the 1-1 draw against Ecuador, it clings to fifth place, which leaves it in the playoff zone.

Chile, another that fished in a troubled river, got up after Thursday's defeat against Argentina at the altitude of Calama and with a brace from Alexis Sánchez and a great goal from Marcelino Núñez sealed a 2-3 victory over Bolivia at the altitude of Peace.

La Roja was 19 points closer to the playoff zone with two games to go.


Bolivia, on the other hand, mortgaged all its options to qualify for Qatar and settled in eighth place with 15 points.

In Belo Horizonte, the Canarinha thrashed Paraguay 4-0, maintaining their distance as the sole leader and condemning their rival, already eliminated from Qatar, to penultimate place.

Guillermo Barros Schelotto's men have only added 13 points in the qualifying rounds and have already said goodbye to Qatar.

Argentina left Colombia on the verge of elimination with a goal by Lautaro Martínez at the Marío Alberto Kempes stadium in Córdoba, which gave a shovelful of dirt to the aspirations of the Cafeteros to play the World Cup in Qatar.

The Colombian team arrived affected in its aspirations by losing on Friday in Barranquilla by 0-1 against Peru. Today it fell again without any type of argument to disturb the Albiceleste, who played with a squad of new values.

Colombia fell to seventh place with 17 points, far from the four direct qualifying places and the fifth, which grants the right to play a playoff.

Lautaro Martínez reached 7 goals and overtook the Brazilian Neymar in second place among the scorers in the South American qualifiers. The top scorer is, at the moment with 10, the Bolivian Marcelo Martins Moreno.

In the seventeenth and penultimate date of the South American qualifiers, which will be played on March 24, Brazil will host Chile, Paraguay will host Ecuador, Colombia will host Bolivia, Argentina will host Venezuela and Uruguay will host Peru.


(c) Agencia EFE

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