Brazil becomes the first South American team to qualify for the World Cup 2022 as Ecuador strengthen their grip on third place

(Football news) Brazil defeated Columbia 1-0 in Sao Paulo as they became the first South American team to qualify for Qatar 2022. In the first half Brazil dominated the lion share of possession, forcing Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina to make six saves, Colombia were sitting deep and trying to play on the counter. In the second half it took 18 minutes from time to break the deadlock as Marquinhos won the ball in midfield before passing it to Neymar who with a brilliant first touch pass found Paqueta who fired a right footed shot into the bottom corner. This victory gives Tite side a record 11 wins and one draw in this qualification campaign, and it sees them qualify with four matches remaining.                                                                                

Paquetá said after the match in São Paulo, “This is the result of great work we started way back, which provided few opportunities for both teams. I cried of happiness (after scoring) because at this moment I am living at the national team and at my club Lyon. This came from a lot of joy, joy for this work well done,"

Ecuador have one foot in next year's World Cup after defeating Venezuela 1-0, in the first half the game had few chances but Venezuela should have taken the lead through Machis in the 29th minute, just four minutes before halftime Piero Hincapie glance header went past Romo to give them a 1-0 lead. In the second half Ecuador completely dominated the proceedings as they looked for a second goal but the first strike was enough for them to secure all three points. With this result Ecuador opened a four point lead over Chile with 20 points from 13 matches.

Alfaro said at the press conference that supported the party at Rodrigo Paz, “I heard Richard Carapaz say that in the end only the resistant ones come, and I passed it on to my players. Today's victory was the result of that resistance. We feel the same height as them, but we weighed more because we took the expense of the game, we lost freshness to hold the ball at the end. We got a victory in a very difficult game, that's why I highlight the resistance of this team”

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Chile had a key 1-0 victory over Paraguay after they conjured up their third consecutive victory on the row. Alexis Sanchez scored the only goal of the match as the Inter forward netted an Olympic goal, although he received a little help from Paraguay goalkeeper Antony, who subsequently put the ball in his own net. With this result Chile moved up to fourth in the table with 16 points from 13 matches. Peru managed to stay in the race for Qatar 2022 as they managed to clinch a convincing 3-0 victory over Bolivia, goals from Lapadula, Christian Cueva and Sergio Pena were enough for the three points. With this result Peru climbed to 7th place with 14 points.


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