Miguel Borja scored within the final seconds of added time to safe a 2-2 draw for Colombia in opposition to Argentina on Tuesday in among the best matches but in South American qualifying for the 2022 World Cup.
The match on the Metropolitano stadium in Barranquilla was attended by 10,000 followers regardless of the area’s alarming COVID-19 figures.
Lionel Messi’s Argentina lineup scored twice within the first eight minutes. Cristian Romero headed previous David Ospina within the third minute and Leandro Paredes doubled the lead within the eighth after dribbling by means of the center of Colombia’s protection and gently sliding a shot into the again of the online.
However Colombia lifted within the second half, as Argentina was both failing on the ending or being stopped by Ospina. Argentina’s Nicolás Otamendi conceded a penalty and Luis Muriel scored from the spot on the 51st. However simply when it appeared Argentina would take one other step nearer to the World Cup with an away win, Borja’s header triggered wild celebrations for the hosts.
The highest 4 groups in South American qualifiers will advance mechanically to Qatar 2022. The fifth-place group will go into an inter-continental playoff. The present standings present Brazil main the 10-team competitors with 15 factors, adopted by Argentina (12), Ecuador (9) Uruguay and Colombia (eight).
Paraguay remains to be to play in opposition to Brazil, and Chile might bounce into one of many high positions if it beats Bolivia at dwelling in a while Tuesday.
Earlier, Peru received its first match on this version of World Cup qualifiers, thanks to 2 assists from Peruvian-Italian Gianluca Lapadula. Within the 61st he discovered Christian Cueva within the field and within the 88th he assisted Luis Advíncula, who shot from shut vary.
Gonzalo Plata scored Ecuador’s solely purpose in added time.
Uruguay drew Zero-Zero at ninth-place Venezuela in a match with few thrilling moments.
Latest matches in World Cup qualifying — the primary since November due to journey restrictions in place for the COVID-19 pandemic — had been even be preparatory for this month’s Copa America, which is about to be staged in Brazil after Argentina and Colombia had been dropped as co-hosts.
The subsequent matches in South American World Cup qualifiers can be performed in September and October.