Four out of five matches needed to be played at the same time because all teams have the same aspiration: be the next qualified for the World Cup.
On Friday morning (AEST), South American teams began to automatically qualify for the World Cup. Chile, Colombia, Perú, Uruguay and Ecuador were looking to win their games to jump in the standings.
Brazil is already qualified for Qatar 2022 but they wanted to finish this Qualifiers successfully. The locals jump to the field with a stellar team who knocked 4-0 Chile (19, 7º). Neymar returned into this game scoring by penalty, Philippe Coutinho, Vinicius Junior and Richarlison with their goals put on risk Chile’s qualification.
With the result consolidated in Rio de Janeiro, Giorgian de Arrascaeta gave Uruguay (25, 4º) tickets to the World Cup with the only goal against Peru (21, 5º).
Paraguay did their job even if they don’t have chance to go to Qatar and beat 3-1 Ecuador (25, 3º), but with a helping hand from Brazil, Ecuador have got the 3rd place in the standings and are going to the in the World Cup for the fourth time in their footballing history.
Colombia (20, 6º) beat 3-0 Bolivia with goals from Luis Diaz, Miguel Borja and Mateus Uribe keeping Cafeteros’ chances alive to get a ticket to the World Cup.
Argentina is already qualified while Peru and Chile will now fight to get the fifth-place intercontinental play-off spot from the single South American Qualification group. If some results align, Chile or Peru could face the Socceroos for the last ticket to Qatar 2022.