International CONMEBOL Qualifiers: Results and Review

CONMEBOL Qualifiers: Results and Review


Last Thursday, South America saw a new round of matches towards the 2018 World Cup. In the most attractive fixtures, Brazil and Uruguay drew 2-2, and Argentina stole an away victory over Chile, 2-1. Brazil started aggressively, with Douglas Costa scoring just before the first minute into the match, and Renato Augusto doubled the difference in the 25th minute with a nice individual effort. However, just six minutes later, Edinson Cavani put a left-footed drive past Brazilian goalie Alisson, making it 2-1, and early in the second half, Luis Suárez levelled the score. Uruguay created the best goal opportunities after that, and Brazil was lucky to escape from defeat.

SANTIAGO, CHILE – MARCH 24: Players of Argentina celebrates after a match between Chile and Argentina as part of FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifiers at Nacional Stadium on March 24, 2016 in Santiago, Chile. (Photo by Alex Reyes/LatinContent/Getty Images)

In Chile, the home team was surprised by Argentina, that was content to let Chile play and counterattack when possible.

In new head coach Juan Antonio Pizzi’s debut, Chile scored the opening goal six minutes into the game, as Felipe Gutiérrez headed a corner kick from Fabián Orellana. After scoring, Chile lost two players to injury before the 20th minute and Argentina took advantage from that levelling with a right-footed curling shot by Ángel di María then getting ahead with a low drive by Gabriel Mercado, after an unfortunate touch by Mauricio Isla, who was trying to dislodge Lionel Messi from possession inside Chile’s own box.

In the second half, Chile dominated the match, with sporadic counterattacks from Argentina, but it wasn’t enough to prevent defeat, though Chile’s performance was encouraging being Pizzi’s first match in charge.

In other results, Colombia defeated Bolivia in La Paz 3-2, Ecuador and Paraguay drew 2-2, same as Peru and Venezuela.

Latest news

Top Trumps: World Football Stars Game Review

Adorned with some of the best footballers to have played in the modern game, Top Trumps: World...

What Is Next For Leo Messi After The Copa America Title?

It was a moment 28 years in the making, but for someone like Lionel Messi, who led...

Juventus find 3 potential Cristiano Ronaldo replacements

Fresh off breaking numerous records at the UEFA 2020 European Championships, Cristiano Ronaldo's future is as blurry...

Olympics 2020 football teams

If football fans thought the summer was already packed out with top football action with the continuation...

The best teams in soccer history

Soccer can undoubtedly be described as the most popular sport in the world. It has different faces....

Verona kill Napoli’s UCL dream

Verona looked impressive away to Napoli Verona put on a solid performance in their 1-1 (0-0) draw...

Must read

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you