Nicolás Tagliafico did good business with Argentina on Tuesday evening in the South American World Cup qualifying cycle. The team of national coach Lionel Scaloni won 0-2 against Peru. Brazil also made no mistake visiting Uruguay (0-2), Colombia suffered a sensitive defeat to Ecuador (6-1) and Chile lost to Venezuela (2-1).
Ecuador has no child from Colombia
Argentina already led 0-2 in the Peruvian capital Lima after half an hour. Nicolás González shot nicely in the far corner in the seventeenth minute and Lautaro Martínez came in ten minutes later after passing the keeper.
Left back Tagliafico was in the field for Argentina the entire match, but his teammate at Ajax Lisandro Martínez was missing from the selection. Captain Lionel Messi played ninety minutes, just like Tagliafico.
Brazil also did good business by beating Uruguay. It became 0-2 in Montevideo by hits from Arthur and Richarlison. Uruguay played the last ten minutes with a man less due to a red card from Edinson Cavani, who stood on Richarlison’s leg and had to leave after intervention by the VAR.
Brazil is still in the lead in the group with twelve points from four matches. Argentina’s closest attacker has two points less. The best four teams qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Brazil won the tough away game against Uruguay 0-2. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Ecuador, the number three in the group, led 2-0 against Colombia in Quito after nine minutes. Robert Arboleda opened the scoring in the seventh minute with a shot from the turn and shortly thereafter Ángel Mena doubled the lead after taking a long pass beautifully.
Even before the break, the home team came to 4-0 via input from Michael Estrada and Xavier Arreaga. James Rodríguez did something back on behalf of Colombia from a penalty just before half time.
In the second half, the Ecuadorians took it a bit slower, but they were still accurate. Gonzalo Plata found the net twelve minutes before the end with a beautiful shot that fell through the post. Two minutes later, the midfielder had to leave the field due to a second yellow card. Arboleda determined the final score in injury time.
Venezuela celebrates the opening goal against Chile. (Photo: ANP)
In Caracas, Chile fell behind Venezuela after nine minutes thanks to a header from Luis Mago. The visitors quickly restored their balance through a ticker from Arturo Vidal.