Nineteen groups have now qualified for the World Cup in Qatar not long from now, with 13 spots still available.
Giorgian de Arrascaeta sent Uruguay to the World Cup with the main objective of the game against Peru on Thursday, an outcome that likewise reserved Ecuador’s pass to Qatar, with some assistance from Brazil.
Ecuador dropped to a 3-1 loss in Paraguay yet at the same time equipped for a World Cup for only the fourth time – this century – on account of Uruguay’s triumph and as of now qualified Brazil’s 4-0 win over Chile.
Nineteen groups have now qualified for the finals in Qatar in the not so distant future, with 13 spots still accessible.
With Argentina, who play Venezuela on Friday, likewise currently qualified, Peru and Chile will presently strive for the fifth-place intercontinental play-off spot from the single South American capability bunch close by Colombia, who insistently finished a seven-coordinate goalless streak with a 3-0 win over Bolivia.
It has been a wonderful circle back for Uruguay since a heartbreaking spell toward the finish of last year when they lost four matches straight, surrendering 11 objectives, scoring only one and slipping to seventh in the 10-group bunch.
That spelled the end for famous mentor Oscar Tabarez, who spent a record 15 years in charge and directed the “Celeste” to a World Cup semi-last in 2010 and Copa America title a year after the fact.
However, his replacement Diego Alonso has won three out of three and taken Uruguay – champions in 1930 and 1950 – to a fourth consecutive finals.
Peru had a magnificent early opportunity to start to lead the pack when Andre Carillo chose Gianluca Lapadula plain 10 yards out yet Sergio Rochet plunged low to one side to keep out a firm header.
Uruguay were well on top from that point onwards and completely merited their opener.
De Arrascaeta impacted home the rebound three minutes before half-time after Luis Suarez saw a shot accident ease off the woodwork.
Federico Valverde nearly made it two not long after the break, pummeling a shocking turning 40-yard shot onto the bar.
There were a few clanking nerves late on, however, as Rochet was nearly gotten out by Miguel Trauco’s circling mishit cross.
VAR needed to check Rochet had held the ball back from going too far, and there were scarcely millimeters in it.
Ecuador’s capability owed more to a strong mission than Thursday’s shambolic presentation in driving precipitation on a troublesome contributor Ciudad del Este.
The signs were poor before start off as Ecuador had proactively lost on every one of the eight past outings to Paraguay for World Cup qualifiers tracing all the way back to 1981.
The hosts started to lead the pack on nine minutes after Ecuador offered the ball right outside their region and Julio Enciso sneaked through Robert Morales to fire high into the top of the net.
Piero Hincapie scored an own goal from 40 yards deep into first half stoppage time, playing a visually impaired back pass with an excess of capacity to a standing apart goalkeeper of position.
It might have been more regrettable minutes after the fact however Enciso hit the bar with a volley when more maladroit protecting had allowed in three Paraguay players behind the guard.
Paraguay didn’t need to stand by lengthy for their third, however, as Pervis Estupinan offered the ball inside his own region on 54 minutes while attempting to control it on his chest, permitting Miguel Almiron to fire low into the base corner.
Jordy Caicedo’s late punishment was little comfort on the evening, albeit this route will be immediately forgotten among the festivals.
Neymar denoted his re-visitation of the Brazil group by scoring a penalty while Vinicius Junior, a Philippe Coutinho punishment and Richarlison piled wretchedness on Chile, whose expectations of capability barely hold on.
Chile should now beat Uruguay at home on Tuesday and trust Peru and Colombia neglect to win, individually at home to Paraguay and away to Venezuela.
Objectives from Luis Diaz, Miguel Borja and Mateus Uribe kept Colombia’s possibilities alive.
To qualify they should better Peru’s outcome on Tuesday however not be bettered by Chile’s.