Messi's Argentina Qualify For World Cup as Uruguay Stumble

Messi's Argentina Qualify For World Cup as Uruguay Stumble Photo: TT
Players of Argentina prepare to play before the match between Argentina and Brazil as part of South American Qualifiers

Lionel Messi’s Argentina were made to wait but secured their spot at the 2022 World Cup after Chile’s 2-0 home defeat to Ecuador on Tuesday.

Argentina could have clinched their berth for Qatar with victory against rivals Brazil but the game in San Juan ended 0-0.

However, Colombia, Uruguay and Chile all failed to win on Tuesday, meaning La Albiceleste are guaranteed a top four finish in CONMEBOL’s qualifying standings.

The qualification comes after Argentina’s Copa America triumph in July and amid a 27-game unbeaten run under boss Lionel Scaloni.

“This was a magnificent year,” Scaloni said. “Winning the Copa, qualifying for the World Cup unbeaten. It was a dream.

“We got four points against two very difficult rivals. We all like to win of course but these games help a team to mature. Without a doubt, the balance is positive.

“Having qualified so far in advance, in a really difficult qualifying section, is something we should be proud of.”

Ecuador are third in South American qualifying, with Tuesday’s 2-0 win in Chile boosting them six points clear of Colombia and Peru in fourth and fifth on 17 points.

Colombia had started qualifying strongly but drew 0-0 at home with Paraguay, meaning they are winless in their past five qualifiers.

Peru won 2-1 in Venezuela, while Bolivia moved into contention with a 3-0 home victory over Uruguay, who have lost four qualifiers in a row.

Ben somerford
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