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The African keepers leading the way

Africa has consistently produced great goalkeepers
Round 2 of CAF qualifiers for Qatar 2022 is just months away
FIFA.com turns the spotlight on five of Africa’s top keepers

From Badou Zaki to Thomas Nkono, and Bruce Grobbelaar to Essam …

South America’s old hands steal the show

South American qualifiers for Qatar 2022 began last week
Some famous names fired their teams to success
Neymar, Alexis Sanchez, Luis Suarez and Radamel Falcao all starred

Every FIFA World Cup™ qualifying competition throws up new names,…

Big two remain perfect amid late drama

Joaquin Correa #9 celebrates after scoring Argentina's winner against Bolivia

  • Brazil and Argentina the only nations with a 100 per cent record after matchday 2
  • Comebacks and added-time goals a theme as Colombia earn late draw in Chile
  • FIFA.com reviews South America’s latest action on the road to Qatar 2022

South American qualifying for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ continued on Tuesday with a full roster of five matches, each of which produced either a late winner or stoppage-time goals. Brazil and Argentina were both forced to come from behind to collect victory and sit top of the standings with six points each.

Peru briefly harboured hopes of a famous home win over Brazil when they took the lead on the hour-mark in the only match between two Russia 2018 participants. But Neymar struck twice more completing a hat-trick as Brazil prevailed 4-2.

Argentina needed to rely on a 79th-minute winner from substitute Joaquin Correa to deny Bolivia and end their 15-year drought in La Paz.

The most drama was reserved for Santiago as Radamel Falcao turned home from close range in added-time leaving Chile just short of a much-needed win. La Roja had come from behind to lead thanks to goals from Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal.

Paraguay inflicted late pain on an unlucky Venezuela as Gaston Gimenez netted the only goal of the game five minutes from full time.

Ecuador secured a crushing 4-2 win over visiting Uruguay whose only two goals came late on from Luiz Suarez.

FULL TIME

Bolivia 1-2 Argentina
Ecuador 4-2 Uruguay
Venezuela 0-1 Paraguay
Peru 2-4 Brazil
Chile 2-2 Colombia

FIFA World Cup qualifiers in South America (13 October 2020)

Neymar Jr. of Brazil celebrates after scoring the fourth goal of his team

Peru v Brazil – South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022

Peru v Brazil – South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022

Miguel Trauco of Peru gestures during a match between Peru and Brazil

Luis Advíncula of Peru eyes the ball 

Ricardo Gareca Coach of Peru gives instructions

Renato Tapia of Peru celebrates after scoring the second goal of his team

Neymar Jr. of Brazil celebrates the first goal of his team 

Lucas Ocampos, Nicolas Otamendi, Lionel Messi and Nicolas Tagliafico of Argentina cool off

Players of Argentina and Bolivia line up before a match

A man waves a Bolivian flag from a building next to Hernando Siles Stadium 

Argentina’s Nicolas Otamendi heads the ball against Bolivia

Lionel Scaloni coach of Argentina shouts instructions 

Cesar Farías Coach of Bolivia talks to Lionel Messi 

Joaquin Correa #9 celebrates after scoring the second goal 

Ecuador players stretch before kick-off against Uruguay

Luis Suarez of Uruguay warms up before a match between Ecuador and Uruguay

Ecuador v Uruguay – South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022

Rodrigo Bentancur of Uruguay runs for the ball with Romario Ibarra of Ecuador

Ecuador v Uruguay – South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022

Moises Caicedo of Ecuador celebrates

 Xavier Arreaga of Ecuador and Maximiliano Gomez of Uruguay run for the ball 

Ecuador v Uruguay – South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022

Chile v Colombia – South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022

Chile v Colombia – South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022

Chile v Colombia – South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022

Chile v Colombia – South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022

Chile v Colombia – South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022

Chile v Colombia – South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022

Alexis Sánchez of Chile celebrates with teammate Arturo Vidal

Chile v Colombia – South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022

Radamel Falcao García of Colombia celebrates after scoring the second goal 

Radamel Falcao García of Colombia greets Arturo Vidal of Chile

Did you know?

  • The last time Bolivia hosted Argentina in World Cup qualifying they defeated La Albiceleste 2-0 on 28 March 2017 on the road to Russia 2018 — that was also Argentina’s last defeat in World Cup qualifying
  • Both encounters between Ecuador and Uruguay in Russia 2018 qualifying ended as 2-1 results.
  • Venezuela are the only CONMEBOL nation yet to qualify for the World Cup.
  • Peru’s appearance at Russia 2018 was their first World Cup participation since Spain 1982.
  • Chile and Colombia’s match is the only fixture of Matchday 2 to feature two teams in the top 20 on the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.

Giants out to jump on to six points

Peru welcome Brazil in the standout fixture
Argentina and Uruguay face tough away assignments
Review what happened on the opening matchday

Although the long and winding road from South America to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ only bega…

Colombia and Brazil cruise to opening victories

Luis Muriel of Colombia celebrates after scoring 

  • Round 1 of FIFA World Cup qualifying continued in South America
  • Atalanta pair lead Colombia past Venezuela, brilliant Brazil breeze past Bolivia
  • Review all the action with FIFA.com

South American qualifying for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ continued with two intriguing fixtures on Friday evening. Colombia, who reached the knockout stage at Russia 2018, beat Venezuela, a team that has integrated some of the players that finished runners-up at the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017. In the later game, record champions Brazil got their Qatar 2022 qualifying journey off to a scintillating start against Bolivia.

There will be celebrations across Colombia but perhaps also over 9,000 kilometres away in Bergamo as two Atalanta players scored all of the goals for Los Cafeteros in Barranquilla. Duvan Zapata opened the scoring in the 16th minute, finishing off a well-worked team goal as James Rodriguez sent in a through pass to Juan Cuadrado on the right wing and the Juventus star found Zapata with a low and driven teasing cross.

Zapata’s Atalanta team-mate Luis Muriel doubled their lead just over ten minutes later when Johan Mojica, himself an Atalanta player on loan from Girona, found him with a low cross. Muriel added a second on the night right before the break finishing after an impressive run. It was the first time that Zapata and Muriel had scored in the same match for Colombia, capping off a nearly-perfect night had it not been for Santiago Arias suffering what appeared to be a serious ankle injury early in the match.

Over in Sao Paulo, Brazil were in scintillating form, which was bad news for Bolivia. Marquinhos opened the scoring in the 16th minute with a thunderous header from a pinpoint, curling Danilo cross. Brazil’s second and third goals were both ultimately tap-ins by Roberto Firmino but they showcased the team’s chemistry with both sequences involving impressive build-up play. Substitute Rodrygo played a big part in forcing an own goal by Jorge Carrasco and Neymar, who had two assists on the night, found Coutinho with a perfectly-weighted, lofted cross and the Barcelona man did the rest and headed home from close range.

FINAL SCORES

Colombia 3-0 Venezuela
Brazil 5-0 Bolivia

South American Qatar 2022 qualifiers (9 October 2020)

 Lionel Messi of Argentina celebrates after scoring

Duván Zapata of Colombia celebrates after scoring

Neymar Jr. of Brazil reacts during a match between Brazil and Bolivia

Empty seats of Neo Quimica Arena before a match between Brazil and Bolivia

Brazil v Bolivia – South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022

Players of Bolivia and Brazil line up during the national anthems 

Brazil v Bolivia – South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022

Tite coach of Brazil walks onto the field 

Brazil v Bolivia – South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022

Marquinhos of Brazil celebrates after scoring 

The sign of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Qualifiers prior to a match between Colombia and Venezuela

Colombia v Venezuela – South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022

Davinson Sánchez of Colombia enters the pitch prior to a match 

Players of Venezuela huddle prior to a match

Colombia v Venezuela – South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022

Juan Cuadrado of Colombia fights for the ball with Darwin Machis of Venezuela

Colombia v Venezuela – South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022

Luis Muriel of Colombia celebrates after scoring 

Paraguay’s Angel Romero celebrate after scoring against Peru 

Angel Romero of Paraguay competes for the ball with Luis Advi­ncula of Peru during a match between Paraguay and Peru as part of South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022.

Luis Muriel of Colombia celebrates after scoring 

Players of Colombia huddle prior to a match

The official match ball prior to a match between Colombia and Venezuela

Alexis Sanchez #7 of Chile celebrates with teammates

Luis Suarez of Uruguay celebrates after scoring

Maximiliano Gomez of Uruguay celebrates after scoring

Andre Carrillo of Peru celebrates with teammates

Alexis Sanchez of Chile celebrates with Nicolás Díaz

Luis Suarez of Uruguay fights for the ball with Francisco Sierralta of Chile

Dario Lezcano of Paraguay fights for the ball with Carlos Zambrano of Peru 

Rodrigo de Paul of Argentina competes for the ball with Pervis Estupinián of Ecuado

Arturo Vidal of Chile reacts during a match

Maximiliano Gomez of Uruguay celebrates with teammate Martín Campaña

Brazil v Bolivia – South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022

Marquinhos (l) of Brazil celebrates after scoring the opening goal 

Brazil v Bolivia – South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022

Colombia v Venezuela – South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022

Streaks extended and ended

  • Brazil have never lost a World Cup qualifier at home with 43 wins and 12 draws in 55 matches played in total
  • Colombia now have seven wins out of nine home qualifiers in history against Venezuela
  • The 3-0 defeat ended a seven-game unbeaten run in away matches for Venezuela, which was their biggest streak in their history

Did you know?

  • Portuguese coach Jose Peseiro made his debut at the Venezuelan helm against compatriot Carlos Queiroz’s Colombia — Peseiro was Queiroz’s technical assistant during the 2003/04 season he spent in charge of Real Madrid
  • Venezuela are the only nation from the CONMEBOL region yet to qualify for a senior World Cup
  • Brazil was the highest-scoring nation during Russia 2018 qualifying (41 goals); scored the most goals in the first and second half (16 and 25, respectively) and the most goals from inside and outside the area (35 and 6, respectively)
  • Bolivia finished in the bottom two places in each of the region’s last four preliminary campaigns, while they are its lowest-positioned side on the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking

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