Ecuador, Uruguay book their places for World Cup in Qatar

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SAO PAULO (AP) — Ecuador and Uruguay have secured their spots at soccer's World Cup in Qatar, becoming a member of Brazil and…

SAO PAULO (AP) — Ecuador and Uruguay have secured their spots at soccer's World Cup in Qatar, becoming a member of Brazil and Argentina from South America.

The third-place Ecuadorians misplaced 3-1 at Paraguay on Thursday, however they achieved one of many 4 direct spots after the Uruguayans, in fourth place, beat Peru 1-0 in Montevideo, a outcome that additionally allowed them to ebook their flights to Qatar.

Ecuador and Uruguay reached 25 factors on the desk and might now not be overtaken by different . Brazil and Argentina had earlier secured two of the area's direct spots.

Uruguay's Giorgian de Arrascaeta scored the objective that superior each his staff and Ecuador into the following World Cup within the forty second minute from shut vary in a hard-fought match.

It was very totally different in Ciudad del Este, the place Ecuador was no match for Paraguay.

Robert Morales opened the scoring within the ninth minute, Ecuadorian defender Piero Hincapié scored an personal objective from lengthy vary seconds earlier than the halftime whistle and Miguel Almirón added a 3rd within the 54th minute.

Jordy Caicedo scored for Ecuador from the spot within the eighty fifth minute.

The fifth place, which qualifies for a world playoff towards an Asian staff, continues to be up for grabs. Peru, with 21 factors, can get it by beating Paraguay at dwelling on Tuesday. Colombia, with 20 after its 3-0 win towards Bolivia, must beat Venezuela and cheer towards the Peruvians.

Chile, with 19 factors, must overcome Uruguay in Santiago and hope different outcomes go its method. La Roja is not going to be very assured about that outcome after being crushed by Brazil 4-0 on the Maracanã Stadium.

Colombia managed to remain alive with its first targets in nearly 700 minutes in South American qualifiers. It beat Bolivia with targets by Luis Diaz within the thirty ninth minute, Miguel Borja within the 72nd and Mateus Uribe shortly earlier than the ultimate whistle.

The remaining match of the penultimate spherical of South American World Cup qualifiers will probably be performed on Friday, when Argentina takes on Venezuela in Buenos Aires.


By the of final yr, Uruguay was practically out of the World Cup, firing its veteran coach Óscar Tabárez and struggling to see a future previous Qatar.

Three matches and three wins after new coach Diego Alonso took over, an Uruguay staff with numerous combating spirit will play its fourth consecutive World Cup. It might even end third in South American World Cup qualifiers relying on Tuesday's outcomes.

The primary minutes of the match in Montevideo didn't make native followers too assured, although, with Peru's Gianluca Lapadula practically scoring with a header within the fifth minute.

In contrast to in earlier matches, Uruguay recovered management and scored in its first clear alternative. Rodrigo Betancur handed to Darwin Núñez on the left, and he crossed to Josema Giménez. He fired on the put up and De Arrascaeta simply pushed it to the online.

Uruguay saved the strain and hit the bar with Valverde within the forty eighth minute. However Peru did little to bother the regardless of its want for a win. Their greatest probability to equalize got here in added time with an extended and excessive shot by Miguel Trauco, which goalkeeper Rochet barely saved out of his objective.


Brazil coach Tite wished to check a light-weight offensive trio with Vinicius Jr, Neymar and Antony. The excited followers leaving the Maracanã Stadium after the match instructed the thought was effectively price it.

Neymar scored from the spot within the forty fourth minute and two minutes later assisted Vinicius Jr. to attain his first objective for the nationwide staff.

Antony practically scored with a lob previous Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, however the referee awarded a penalty in the identical play. Philippe Coutinho then made it 3-0 within the 72 minute.

In added time, substitute Richarlison scored his with a crossed shot.

Neymar is not going to play towards Bolivia on Tuesday resulting from a 3rd yellow card. A win by Brazil would give it 45 competitors factors, a report for a South American qualifying match. The earlier mark of 43 was by Argentina in qualifying for the 2002 World Cup.


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