CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying roundup: Goals everywhere as road teams shine

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CONMEBOL’s fifth match day of 2018 World Cup qualifying brought us all sorts of thrills, and that’s even before Brazil and Uruguay tangle on Friday.

Ecuador 2-2 Paraguay

The USMNT’s Copa America group opponent did a job on the road against previously unbeaten and undrawn Ecuador. West Ham’s Enner Valencia had put Ecuador up 1-0 early before Dario Lezcano of Ingolstadt scored on both sides of halftime. Jefferson Mena, however, nabbed an equalizer in stoppage time to claim a point for the group leaders.

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Chile 1-2 Argentina

What a start! Two teams that badly wanted a win came out in that sort of desperate manner, with Felipe Gutierrez pushing the hosts to a 10th minute lead before Angel Di Maria and Gabriel Mercado more than made up for it with a pair of goals by the 24th minute (the latter assisted, below, by some guy named Messi).

The win is a big one for Argentina, which had picked up just five points through its first four matches. Clearly, Messi is back.

Also, Chile not getting this call at home is shocking stuff. Maybe if he just hits the deck instead of trying to stay up? Woof.

Bolivia 2-3 Colombia

The Coffeemakers looked to have let a 2-0 lead go to waste when Juan Carlos Arce converted a penalty and Alejandro Chumacero struck twice in 12 second-half minutes to equalize at Estadio Hernando Siles. The home side’s hopes of a result lasted all the way into stoppage tme, where Monterrey midfielder Edwin Cardona found the winner.

Still to play
Peru vs. Venezuela — 10:15 p.m. ET Thursday
Brazil vs. Uruguay — Friday

As it stands
Ecuador — 13 points – 5 played
Uruguay — 9 points — 4 played
Paraguay — 8 points — 5 played
Argentina — 8 points — 5 played
Brazil — 7 points — 4 played
Chile — 7 points — 5 played
Colombia — 7 points — 5 played
Bolivia — 3 points — 5 played
Peru — 3 points — 4 played
Venezuela — 0 points — 5 played