Emily Wilson·12 September 2023
Emily Wilson·12 September 2023
More World Cup qualifiers took place on Tuesday. Here is what went down!
Scorer: Marquinhos 90′
Brazil were almost forced to drop points early in their World Cup qualifying campaign after a dull showing against Peru.
Let that not take away from the hosts’ performance, though, as they prevented some big names from making an impact.
Neymar, Rodrygo, Raphinha and Richarlison were all relatively quiet over 90 minutes alongside Brazil’s midfield stars. The Barcelona and Spurs men both had goals ruled out for offside.
Unfortunately for Peru, nothing could inspire a victory at the other end with zero shots on target.
And they were made to pay for it when ex-Paris Saint-Germain duo Neymar and Marquinhos linked up at the death via a corner kick to break Peruvian hearts.
Star-studded Brazil will still be frustrated with their inability to score more goals despite 63% possession (only three shots on target) but walk away with a huge sigh of relief.
Looking at the table, they sit at the top of the standings above Argentina, while Peru are seventh.
It was a frustrating 90 minutes for both Chile and Colombia as the points were forced to be shared.
A tussle in midfield, the likes of Arturo Vidal, Alexis Sanchez, Luis Díaz, James Rodríguez and others couldn’t make an impact for their respective teams.
Ben Brereton Díaz was arguably the best player on the pitch, trying to urge the hosts towards victory but couldn’t connect with anyone.
Looking at the statistics, poor finishing was an issue for both sides as only a combined seven efforts found the target (Chile five, Colombia two).
Additionally, Vidal was also forced off injured on a stretcher, which will be a big concern for the hosts.
VAR then made a big call towards the final whistle after Guillermo Maripán thought he had won the match, but it was ruled offside.
The goalless draw means unbeaten and impenetrable Colombia sit third while Chile are eighth.
Scorer: Rondón 90+3′ (P)
Both Venezuela and Paraguay were made to hold their breath over 90 minutes with the hosts coming out on top.
Despite a handful of chances (11 for the hosts and 18 for the visitors), poor finishing was the culprit in this match.
Big names Josef Martínez and Miguel Almirón struggled to make an impact for their respective sides, and with the match still tied late on drama ensued in the dying moments.
Yangel Herrera thought he had scored a late winner, but VAR decided otherwise.
But the celebrations would be back on when Salomón Rondón scored from the penalty spot deep into stoppage time thanks to a Iván Piris handball.
Looking at the table, Venezuela sits fifth while Paraguay is sixth.
Scorers: Torres 45+5′, 61′; Canobbio 38′
The hosts seemed like they would break the deadlock first, but Marcelo Bielsa’s men turned things 1-0 when Agustin Canobbio swivled in the box and scored from point-blank range.
Fans helped urge a turnaround, seeing defender Félix Torres thump home an equaliser just before the break.
Ecuador later had a glorious chance to turn it around from the penalty spot. But when Enner Valencia stepped up, he blasted his shot incredibly wide of the target, and the crowd quietened.
But that allowed 16-year-old Kendry Páez (who, after Diego Armando Maradona, became the youngest South American to feature for a senior national team) to prove he may very well be a star.
After impressing all match with trivelas, dominating in midfield and connecting runs with Moisés Caicedo, he assisted Torres again for 2-1. He is now also the youngest ever to feature for Ecuador.
Uruguay, who fronted Darwin Núñez, Fede Valverde, and substitute Facundo Pellistri, will be frustrated by their dismal attack (four shots, one on goal).
Scorers: Fernández 31′, Tagliafico 42′, González 83′. Red: R. Fernández 39′
Argentina picked up their second win of their qualifying campaign with a dominant showing against Bolivia.
Playing almost 12,000 feet above sea level, the fitness of the 2022 World Cup winners was tested but their quality shone.
Ángel Di María led the way for the visitors with Lionel Messi not in the squad, and two assists in the first half had Argentina cruising.
Enzo Fernández redirected a ball home for 1-0 before Nicolás Tagliafico finally scored his first goal with a looping header.
Things went from bad to worse for Bolivia when Roberto Fernández was sent off after putting his studs on Cristian Romero.
Argentina dominated with 14 shots and 60% possession and a late goal from Nicolás González at the top of the box secured their third.
The holders will be frustrated not to have put more goals away and sit second in the standings while Bolivia are 10th.