Argentina qualify for World Cup after Brazil draw


Argentina certified for subsequent 12 months’s World Cup in Qatar as some extent of their 0-Zero draw with Brazil on Tuesday proved sufficient after defeats for Chile and Uruguay.

The reigning Copa America champions got here into the match in opposition to their arch-rivals figuring out {that a} win may not be sufficient to safe their ticket, however a draw could possibly be.

And Chile’s 2-Zero defeat at home to Ecuador, coupled with Uruguay’s 3-Zero loss to Bolivia, despatched Argentina by.

It caps a advantageous 12 months for Argentina and Lionel Messi, who gained their 15th Copa America in July with a 1-Zero last victory over Brazil at Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Maracana stadium.

“If we analyze this year, it was beautiful. What we’ve been through with the fans … everything was complete,” stated Rodrigo De Paul.

Argentina welcomed again six-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi to their beginning line-up whereas star ahead Neymar missed out for Brazil.

But Messi was unable to encourage his group in a match of few possibilities, in opposition to opponents who booked their ticket to Qatar on Thursday with a 1-Zero win over Colombia.

Brazil stay high of the qualifying group, six factors away from Argentina, who took their unbeaten run to 27 matches.

“We played very well in every match this year. We’re already qualified for the World Cup,” stated Brazil’s Fred.

“Today we failed in the final third but the most important thing is coming away without a goal against.”

Brazil wasted a two-on-two break when Fred’s go compelled Vinicius Junior broad, and his first contact ran out of play.

It summed up a match that by no means caught fireplace and through which almost nothing got here off from both facet.

Quick-thinking Matheus Cunha tried to attain the objective of the qualification marketing campaign when trying to chip Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez from inside his personal half, however his effort sailed over the crossbar.

Argentina got here alive within the final 5 minutes of the half as De Paul managed the hosts’ first shot heading in the right direction, though Alisson Becker handled it comfortably within the Brazil objective.

Brazil had solely managed one shot heading in the right direction themselves within the first 45 minutes, and that was a weak effort by Fred.

The main speaking level was how Argentina center-back Nicolas Otamendi escaped a purple card for elbowing Raphinha within the face, drawing blood.

According to studies, Raphinha wanted 5 stitches at half-time.

Much-maligned Manchester United midfielder Fred almost grew to become the unlikely hero within the second interval when he got here closest but to breaking the impasse, clipping the highest of the bar with Martinez crushed.

But there was little else to get enthusiastic about, with neither goalkeeper critically examined.

Even a late effort from Messi after jinking previous Fred was straight at Alisson.

Twice world champions Uruguay’s hopes suffered an enormous blow as they have been thrashed at 10-man Bolivia, leaving them seventh within the 10-team group, though solely some extent off the final computerized qualification place.

A brace from Juan Carlos Arce and one other from Marcelona Martins gave Bolivia a cushty victory that retains their qualification hopes alive.

Even the dismissal of Carmelo Algaranaz 15 minutes from the top, with the rating 2-0, didn’t break Bolivia’s night time.

A 3rd win in 4 matches left Bolivia simply two factors behind Colombia in fourth.

Colombia is hanging on by their fingernails to the ultimate qualification berth after a fifth straight sport with out a objective — 4 of which ended 0-0.

Colombia couldn’t drive a winner at home to Paraguay, although the guests had Adrian Cubas despatched off six minutes from time.

Peru’s second win in a row, 2-1 away to rock-bottom Venezuela, put them degree on factors with Colombia within the intercontinental playoff spot.

Gianluca Lapadula and Christian Cueva’s targets on both facet of a Darwin Machis strike for Venezuela gave Peru a vital win.

Goals from Pervis Estupinan and Moises Caicedo condemned Chile to defeat and dropped them from fourth to sixth.

They additionally had Arturo Vidal despatched off within the first half for a excessive boot.

Ecuador sits third, six factors forward of Peru in fifth with simply 4 matches left.

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