Brazil and further back Argentina prepare a final onslaught to prematurely take their tickets to Qatar-2022, at the close of a triple date of the South American qualifying on Thursday that promises a fierce fight for the other qualifying positions.
The leader Brazil reaches his duel with Uruguay in Manaus (North) after leaving his first points in the World Cup against Colombia on Sunday, with a muted Neymar who had just dropped a bomb by announcing his intention not to play another World Cup after Qatar-2022.
The Seleçao, With 28 points and very close to Qatar, he cut a streak of nine consecutive games won in the World Cup in the Caribbean Barranquilla, but he has enough capital to afford to play mediocre games, such as the one he played against Colombia, without endangering one iota your ticket to the maximum appointment.
However, relying on Uruguay could be a more than wrong position.
Although Uruguay is in the doldrums, Oscar Tabárez’s men will put their traditional pride on the field of the Arena Da Amazonia stadium after receiving a slap on Sunday against Argentina (3-0), their historic rival.
Tabárez will once again appeal to the pair of historic gunners Luis Suárez and Edinson Cavani to plant a flag against Brazil.
Brazil and Argentina have 22 points, thinking of an onslaught for tickets to Qatar
Tough three fight
With Brazil and Argentina (22 points) thinking about an attack for tickets to Qatar, the Colombia-Ecuador duel will mark the pulse of the twelfth date and can break the tie with seven days left.
In a tough fight of three for the two remaining direct tickets, Ecuador is third with 16 points, the same as Uruguay but with a better goal balance, while Colombia is one point lower in the fifth step and in the repechage zone.
They arrive in Barranquilla with different realities. Colombia snatched a 0-0 draw from Brazil to cut a series of nine consecutive games with wins. Instead, Ecuador fell 2-1 in Caracas to bottom-side Venezuela, which had not won in 10 World Cup matches.
Argentina will try against Peru to continue consolidating its romance with the public, which was unleashed on Sunday against Uruguay at the Monumental with a categorical 3-0.
La Albiceleste grows hand in hand with a liberated Lionel Messi, after guiding his team to the Copa América in Brazil last July and cutting to 28 without winning a title.
Around Messi an action society has been formed made up of Rodrigo De Paul, Giovani Lo Celso and Leandro Paredes, which represents a serious inconvenience for the needy Peru, in seventh position with 11 points.
This is how the coach Lionel Scaloni explained it this Wednesday: “In the end, the team is the one that takes the situation forward and that makes him (Messi) even better. He feels comfortable with his teammates and that makes him even better.”
A new defeat for the national team led by Argentine Ricardo Gareca will leave him on the tightrope and with the threat of not repeating the World Cup qualification, as he did in Russia-2018 after 36 years.
The golden generation does not give up
Chile’s golden generation still has surprises in store. When it seemed that the farewell to the successful squad led by Arturo Vidal and Alexis Sánchez was beginning, the 2-0 victory against Paraguay gave it new life.
With ten points and in eighth place, she is obliged to defeat Venezuela to join the squad of candidates, in the midst of a previous climate rarefied by the decision of Chilean health authorities that did not authorize the departure from the hotel of the vinotinto campus for training in Santiago.
Venezuela, in the last step of the South American table with seven points, only has to win … and pray.
Bolivia is another selected whose only option is to win and entrust themselves. A fall against Paraguay in La Paz (3,600 meters above sea level) will condemn those from the highlands to a new frustration, which is repeated after the distant 1994 World Cup in the United States.
Paraguay, sixth with 12 points, is another of the teams in a critical situation. On Thursday he must add to avoid losing the direct flight to Qatar.