Argentina and Brazil dominate with perfect scores a path that has just begun.
The road to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar began in South America, where Argentina and Brazil managed to demonstrate their power and reflect it in the numbers. Thus, with a perfect score at the end of the first double date, they lead the position table of the South American Qualifiers. Colombia and a surprising Paraguay appear behind, both with 4 points.
Led by Lionel Messi, the Argentine National Team started its journey in Buenos Aires on Friday, when it beat Ecuador 1-0 in the Bombonera, but showed an even better face on Tuesday at the 3,600 meters high in La Paz.
The team led by Lionel Scaloni started down on the scoreboard due to Marcelo Martins’ header but turned it around with goals from Lautaro Martínez, at the end of the first half, and Joaquín Correa, at 34 of a second half that had 7 minutes of added time.
It was an injection of energy for Messi after a tumultuous month in Barcelona after wanting to leave (without success) the Catalan team. The Rosario will meet again with his teammates in a month, for the last double date of the year, when Argentina receives Paraguay on November 12 and visits Peru on November 17.
Brazil, for its part, had Neymar as the beacon of its triumphs. First, for his game but not for his goals in the 5-0 win over Bolivia at the Arena Corinthians. On Tuesday, meanwhile, he redeemed himself with three goals – two penalties – in Lima 4-2 over Peru, which he had started winning.
The PSG forward also reached 64 goals in Canarinha, surpassed Ronaldo (62) and was the second highest all-time scorer, thirteen behind Pelé, who scored 77 goals.
Thus, with six points, Brazil accompanies Argentina at the top and on the next date it will have a similar panorama in the previous one to what was believed of Bolivia and Peru: it will receive Venezuela, a rival that has not yet added, and will visit the always dangerous Uruguay.
The surprise of the date was given by Paraguay, which with four points appears in third place along with Colombia. Eduardo Berizzo’s team, which had drawn 2-2 with Peru at Defensores del Chaco, won in Mérida, where they beat Venezuela 1-0.
Colombia, meanwhile, was saved from defeat by Radamel Falcao, who with a goal scorer on time allowed the coffee team to rescue a 2-2 draw with Chile at the National Stadium in Santiago.
To fifth place, which gives the right to a playoff, Ecuador rose, which at home beat Uruguay 4-2. Both were left with three points but Gustavo Alfaro’s have a better goal balance.
On the third date, Colombia will receive Uruguay, Brazil to Venezuela, Bolivia to Ecuador, Argentina to Paraguay and Chile to Peru. And four days later Uruguay will be local to Brazil, Peru from Argentina, Venezuela from Chile, Paraguay from Bolivia and Ecuador from Colombia.
Neymar (Brazil), Luis Suárez (Uruguay) and André Carrillo (Peru), meanwhile, are the main scorers in the South American tie. Both the star of Paris Saint Germain, the striker who was recently signed by Atlético de Madrid and the Al HIlal player from Saudi Arabia have three conquests each, to top the table.
In addition, the Uruguayan commands the historical scorers table of the qualifying rounds with 24 goals, two more than his friend Lionel Messi.