Brazil prolonged its profitable streak to 4 matches by beating Uruguay 2-Zero on Tuesday to steer South American World Cup qualifying.
Arthur within the 34th minute, his first aim for Brazil, and Richarlison doubled the lead within the 45th.
Ecuador, the shock of the World Cup qualifying marketing campaign, routed Colombia 6-1 and now has 9 factors from 4 video games.
Argentina, with seven factors, had a late sport towards Peru.
The highest 4 groups will mechanically qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The fifth-place staff will go into an inter-continental playoff.
Brazil and Uruguay had hassle to assembling their groups due to accidents and COVID-19. Amongst those who didn’t play in Montevideo had been Neymar and Philippe Coutinho on the Brazilian aspect, and Luis Suárez and Federico Valverde on the Uruguayan.
Uruguay began robust, with striker Darwin Núñez hitting the bar within the 4th minute after beating right-back Danilo. It was the most effective probability the hosts had within the match.
Brazil, coming off a lackluster 1-Zero victory over Venezuela final week, had extra management and tempo than Uruguay, which was coming off a Three-Zero win over Colombia Three-Zero.
That distinction began to point out when Arthur took a shot from the sting of the field, the ball deflected and ended at the back of goalkeeper Martin Campaña’s web.
Brazil almost doubled the lead two minutes later with a crossed shot by Roberto Firmino, saved by Campaña. Brazil’s persistence paid off ultimately of the primary half when Richarlison’s header from Renan Lodi’s cross made it 2-Zero.
Uruguay hit the bar once more two minutes later with a header by Diego Godin, however provided little resistance within the second half. The hosts had been depleted additional when veteran striker Edinson Cavani was despatched off after a harsh deal with on Richarlison with 20 minutes remaining.
“It’s all the time exhausting to restart, our rivals have already got a map of our staff,” Brazil defender Thiago Silva stated after the match. “However Brazilian soccer is all the time eager to renovate.”
Uruguay is in fifth place, with six factors.
Ecuador opened the scoring within the seventh minute when Robert Arboleda shot from shut vary. Two minutes later, they doubled their lead when Colombia’s excessive defensive position was caught off guard and let Ángel Mena calmly end in entrance of goalkeeper Camilo Vargas.
As Colombia tried to get better, Ecuador added a 3rd when Michael Estrada simply pushed the ball to the again of the online after a low cross from the left wing within the 32nd minute.
Xavier Arreaga made it Four-Zero within the 39th minute additionally from shut vary.
Colombia managed to attain from the spot with James Rodríguez on the finish of the primary half, giving some hope to the guests.
However the second half was additionally pleasant to Ecuador, which missed a number of alternatives and had a aim disallowed by video evaluation earlier than it scored the fifth: Gonzalo Plata within the 79th minute. Seconds later, he was despatched off after getting a second yellow.
Regardless of being one man down, Ecuador scored as soon as extra in added time, on a free kick taken by Pervis Estupiñan.
Colombia has 4 factors and is struggling in qualifying. Coach Carlos Queiroz informed a information convention he was liable for the defeat in Quito and urged supporters to be affected person.
“Colombia gamers and followers must know that these gamers will convey loads of glory to Colombia,” he stated. “We ask for tolerance and understanding.”
Additionally on Tuesday, Venezuela beat Chile 2-1 to get its first factors in 4 matches, and Paraguay and Bolivia drew 2-2 in Asuncion.
Luis Mago opened the scoring for Venezuela within the ninth minute. Arturo Vidal equalized six minutes later. Salomon Rondón netted the winner for the hosts within the 81st.
Chile has 4 competitors factors, one forward of Venezuela.
At Asuncion, Angel Romero opened the scoring for Paraguay from the penalty spot within the 19th minute however Bolivia rallied to take a 2-1 halftime lead after Marcelo Martins and Boris Cespedes scored within the 5 minutes earlier than the break.
Alejandro Romero’s equalizer within the 72nd ensured Paraguay earned some extent and moved to fourth place in qualifying with six factors. Bolivia is final within the 10-team standings with one level.
The fifth and sixth video games in South American World Cup qualifiers can be performed in March.