South American World Cup qualifiers: Argentina knot and Brazil series continue

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This morning, the third round of South American qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar concluded with Brazil facing Venezuela.

The start was on Thursday evening, when the Ecuador team achieved a difficult and valuable victory outside its bases against Bolivia, 3-2, to rise to third place in the qualifiers with 6 points after two consecutive victories, while the balance of the hosts is stuck at 0 points at the bottom of the standings. playoffs.

The hosts ended the first half with a 1-0 lead, before the guests turned the result to victory, to win the Ecuador team a match that was late in its result in the first half in the World Cup qualifiers for the first time since its victory over Paraguay in 1997.

The Ecuador team maintained its record in the Bolivian lands, and did not know the taste of losing there in the last 6 matches between the two countries (Win 4 and Draw 2), with its last loss there 23 years ago.

Young midfielder Moises Caicedo played a great match, and he did not score like the last match (against Uruguay), but he made the first and second goals in the match.

In the second match, the Argentine team failed to take advantage of its stadium factor, and fell into the trap of a draw against Paraguay, who did not lose outside its rules in the qualifiers for the fourth match in a row (the last 2 in the last qualifiers and the first 2 in the current qualifiers), to remain unbeaten in the qualifiers end of the third round.

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The visitors advanced with a penalty kick, which is only the second penalty kick awarded to the Argentine national team at home in the last 32 matches in the qualifiers, with both kicks awarded to Paraguay.

The Argentine national team scored the equalizer through defender Gonzalez, who became the first player from the Argentine national team in the qualifiers to score a goal with a header after following the corner kick, since Ayala’s goal against Venezuela in April 2000.

With this result, the Paraguay team has maintained its distinguished record outside the rules against the Argentine national team, with only losing one of the last 8 matches it played outside its rules in the qualifiers against the Tango team (Win 1 and Draw 6).

In the third match, the Uruguay team snatched a great victory outside its rules by defeating Colombia 3-0 in the biggest surprise of the tour.

Edinson Cavani opened the scoring for the visitors in the first half, before Luis Suarez boosted the visitors’ lead in the second half through a penalty kick, scoring his 25th goal in the qualifiers, becoming the first player in the history of South American qualifiers to reach this number of goals.

Uruguay won a penalty for the third consecutive match in the qualifiers, becoming the first team to do so since Ecuador in 2012.

Darwin Nunez scored the visitors’ third goal as the hosts suffered their worst official defeat in their bases in 82 years, while Uruguay achieved the second largest win in a World Cup qualifier outside the bases, after a 5-0 victory over Jordan in 2013.

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In Chile, the hosts achieved their first victory in the qualifiers, after they defeated the Peruvian team 2-0, so the visitors continued without any victory in the first 3 rounds of the qualifiers.

In the last match, the Brazilian team maintained its impressive record in the qualifiers by not losing in its stronghold for the 56th match in a row, with a 1-0 victory over Venezuela, and the guests received their third loss in a row, while Brazil’s perfect start in the qualifiers continues with victory In all the first 3 matches to be the leader of the standings.

The undefeated streak for the Brazilian team continued in the qualifiers in the last 20 matches (15 wins and 5 draws) in the second best unbeaten series in the history of the Seleção team, since the period between 1954 and 1993 (31 consecutive matches: 24 wins and 7 draws).

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