Tuesday’s action in South America saw goals scored in bunches, and CONMEBOL now has a new leader as the race for Russia 2018 heats up through six rounds of play.
Colombia 3-1 Ecuador
While Radamel Falcao has faded on the club and international levels, Carlos Bacca has picked up the slack and then some for Colombia. The AC Milan striker netted a brace in Tuesday’s victory over Ecuador, giving him three goals in six matches. While Ecuador was able to rescue a late goal through Michael Arroyo, the loss capped off a disappointing week for La Tricolor.
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Uruguay 1-0 Peru
With Luis Suarez back in the fold for Uruguay, opposition now have a much more difficult task of handing the La Celeste’s attack. Despite Peru’s valiant efforts in the defensive half, Edinson Cavani’s lone goal after halftime was enough to push Uruguay into the top spot through six rounds of play complete.
Argentina 2-0 Bolivia
Lionel Messi tallied his first goal of WCQ against La Verde, his 50th career goal for his country, and Argentina now sits third in CONMEBOL. La Albiceleste displayed an utterly dominating performance at home, allowing just three shots on the night from the Bolivians to their own 23 attempts.
Venezuela 1-4 Chile
After falling behind in the opening 10 minutes, Chile proved their status as one of CONMEBOL’s elite sides by punching Venezuela for four goals after the half hour mark. Arturo Vidal’s late double padded the scoreline, while Mauricio Pinilla’s early two goals were enough to put the La Roja out in front.
Paraguay 2-2 Brazil
Neymar’s absence was evident on Tuesday for the Brazilians, who have come to rely so heavily on the Barcelona forward’s production. Despite the 24-year old sitting out the match, the Canarinho was able to squeak out a point on the road behind Dani Alves’ goal in the dying minutes.
Brazil went down 2-0 prior to the halftime whistle thanks to goals for Paraguay by Dario Lezcano and Edgar Martinez. Ricardo Oliveira started the comeback for the away side with just over 10 minutes remaining, before Alves equalized.
CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying resumes in September.
As it stands
1. Uruguay — 13 points – 6 played
2. Ecuador — 13 points — 6 played
3. Argentina —11 points — 6 played
4. Chile — 10 points — 6 played
5. Colombia — 10 points — 6 played
6. Brazil — 9 points — 6 played
7. Paraguay — 9 points — 6 played
8. Peru — 4 points — 6 played
9. Bolivia — 3 points — 6 played
10. Venezuela — 1 points — 6 played