Home teams stumble, Brazil look down from the summit
Wednesday June 09, 2021
Five matches in CONMEBOL without a win for any home teams
Brazil remain top, Colombia comeback stuns Argentina
South American qualifying for Qatar 2022 returns in September
FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ qualifying built further momentum in South America on Tuesday with a third of the matches now having been played in the CONMEBOL region.
Brazil remained perfect with victory in Paraguay and extended their lead to a massive six points as second-placed Colombia denied Argentina with an injury-time equaliser. Peru finally got a win, triumphing on the road in Ecuador, while two other draws added to an already congested mid-table.
Brazil won 2-0 in Paraguay as Neymar scored within minutes of kick-off before Paqueta netted in stoppage time. These goals secured a sixth win in as many qualifiers for the five-time world champions and ended Paraguay’s unbeaten start.
There was high drama in Barranquilla, meanwhile, as Colombia mounted a stunning comeback to share the spoils with Argentina. Down 2-0 at half-time, the home side pulled a goal back after the break and Miguel Borja headed an equaliser with 94 minutes on the clock.
Out-of-form Peru finally kick-started their campaign with an unlikely 2-1 victory in Ecuador. Without a win in their last seven CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers, and against a side who had score ten goals in just two matches at home, Peru looked to be clear underdogs. Despite upsetting the odds to triumph, Peru are still anchored at the bottom of the table behind Venezuela on goal difference.
Defending a proud home record, Venezuela could only manage a scoreless draw against the visiting Uruguay, who are now fourth. Mid-table pair Chile and Bolivia rounded out the day with a 1-1 draw in Santiago.