Big two remain perfect amid late drama

Joaquin Correa #9 celebrates after scoring Argentina's winner against Bolivia

  • Brazil and Argentina the only nations with a 100 per cent record after matchday 2
  • Comebacks and added-time goals a theme as Colombia earn late draw in Chile
  • FIFA.com reviews South America’s latest action on the road to Qatar 2022

South American qualifying for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ continued on Tuesday with a full roster of five matches, each of which produced either a late winner or stoppage-time goals. Brazil and Argentina were both forced to come from behind to collect victory and sit top of the standings with six points each.

Peru briefly harboured hopes of a famous home win over Brazil when they took the lead on the hour-mark in the only match between two Russia 2018 participants. But Neymar struck twice more completing a hat-trick as Brazil prevailed 4-2.

Argentina needed to rely on a 79th-minute winner from substitute Joaquin Correa to deny Bolivia and end their 15-year drought in La Paz.

The most drama was reserved for Santiago as Radamel Falcao turned home from close range in added-time leaving Chile just short of a much-needed win. La Roja had come from behind to lead thanks to goals from Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal.

Paraguay inflicted late pain on an unlucky Venezuela as Gaston Gimenez netted the only goal of the game five minutes from full time.

Ecuador secured a crushing 4-2 win over visiting Uruguay whose only two goals came late on from Luiz Suarez.

FULL TIME

Bolivia 1-2 Argentina
Ecuador 4-2 Uruguay
Venezuela 0-1 Paraguay
Peru 2-4 Brazil
Chile 2-2 Colombia
FIFA World Cup qualifiers in South America (13 October 2020)

Neymar Jr. of Brazil celebrates after scoring the fourth goal of his team
Peru v Brazil – South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022
Peru v Brazil – South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022
Miguel Trauco of Peru gestures during a match between Peru and Brazil
Luis Advíncula of Peru eyes the ball 
Ricardo Gareca Coach of Peru gives instructions
Renato Tapia of Peru celebrates after scoring the second goal of his team
Neymar Jr. of Brazil celebrates the first goal of his team 
Lucas Ocampos, Nicolas Otamendi, Lionel Messi and Nicolas Tagliafico of Argentina cool off
Players of Argentina and Bolivia line up before a match
A man waves a Bolivian flag from a building next to Hernando Siles Stadium 
Argentina's Nicolas Otamendi heads the ball against Bolivia
Lionel Scaloni coach of Argentina shouts instructions 
Cesar Farías Coach of Bolivia talks to Lionel Messi 
Joaquin Correa #9 celebrates after scoring the second goal 
Ecuador players stretch before kick-off against Uruguay
Luis Suarez of Uruguay warms up before a match between Ecuador and Uruguay
Ecuador v Uruguay – South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022
Rodrigo Bentancur of Uruguay runs for the ball with Romario Ibarra of Ecuador
Ecuador v Uruguay – South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022
Moises Caicedo of Ecuador celebrates
 Xavier Arreaga of Ecuador and Maximiliano Gomez of Uruguay run for the ball 
Ecuador v Uruguay – South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022
Chile v Colombia – South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022
Chile v Colombia – South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022
Chile v Colombia – South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022
Chile v Colombia – South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022
Chile v Colombia – South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022
Chile v Colombia – South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022
Alexis Sánchez of Chile celebrates with teammate Arturo Vidal
Chile v Colombia – South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022
Radamel Falcao García of Colombia celebrates after scoring the second goal 
Radamel Falcao García of Colombia greets Arturo Vidal of Chile

Did you know?

  • The last time Bolivia hosted Argentina in World Cup qualifying they defeated La Albiceleste 2-0 on 28 March 2017 on the road to Russia 2018 — that was also Argentina’s last defeat in World Cup qualifying
  • Both encounters between Ecuador and Uruguay in Russia 2018 qualifying ended as 2-1 results.
  • Venezuela are the only CONMEBOL nation yet to qualify for the World Cup.
  • Peru’s appearance at Russia 2018 was their first World Cup participation since Spain 1982.
  • Chile and Colombia’s match is the only fixture of Matchday 2 to feature two teams in the top 20 on the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.
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