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FIFA – Argentina and Uruguay won and Brazil rescued a draw

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Argentina won against Chile without Messi, Brazil and Ecuador drew in Quito and Uruguay beat Paraguay as a visitor. PlayOn99 News tells you all the details and football news of the South American Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

By Facundo Di Bona (@facudibona).

Argentina won in the Calama Desert

Despite the absence of captain Lionel Messi and coach Lionel Scaloni, the Argentine National Team took out the America Champion badge tonight in Calama, Chile, to win the trans-Andean team 2-1 as a visitor.

On the 15th round of the South American Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, it was Ángel Di María, a PSG player, who wore the captain’s armband for Argentina in the absence of Messi and was also responsible for the first goal.

The noodle took the ball on a counterattack, hooked between three rivals and shot to the far post from outside the area to put Argentina ahead 9 minutes into the first half.

Chile reacted quickly and equalized just ten minutes later thanks to Ben Brereton: the English nationalized Chilean player who plays for Blackburn Rovers –in PlayOn99 News we tell you who he is– found a good cross from Marcelino Núñez and headed the second stick.

Ten minutes passed again and, half an hour into the match, Rodrigo de Paul, from Atlético Madrid, commanded another counterattack, shot and goalkeeper Claudio Bravo rebounded for Lautaro Martínez, from Inter Milan, to convert the 2- 1 definitive.

After a tremendous first half with all the goals and clashes between players due to a heated climate from the previous one, the Argentine cast dominated the situation and stood in their field to fix the result.

Emiliano Martínez, goalkeeper of Aston Villa, was important to cover two goal balls: first against Paulo Díaz, from River Plate, and then against Brereton himself, a striker who is playing better and better and aims to be signed by a Premier League team .

The atmosphere in the Calama Desert stadium was not the best and was marred by a previous one where the Argentine delegation was treated very badly: delays at the airport due to alleged paperwork errors that did not exist, hotel rooms without water or refrigeration in an area of ​​high temperatures and fans at the hotel door with sirens and roaring bombs.

Argentina, already qualified, won and stretched its unbeaten record to 28 games without losing, the longest currently for a national team, while Chile was very complicated in qualifying for the World Cup, one point from the playoffs, with a match more and the possibility that they will be surpassed in the table tomorrow by Bolivia.

Ecuador submitted to Brazil

Ecuador and Brazil equaled 1-1 in a very controversial match with two expulsions, another two annulled due to review and two penalties not awarded to the Ecuadorians due to VAR.

The local team led by Gustavo Alfaro, despite the disappointment of the draw, is very close to qualifying directly for the FIFA World Cup after adding 24 units in the table.

Brazil was a short-term barrage and 5 minutes into the game they took the lead when Casemiro found a rebound from a corner kick.

Referee Wilmar Roldán had work to do early on and 15 minutes into the first half he sent off Ecuadorian goalkeeper Alexander Domínguez for kicking Matheus Cunha in the chest, while just five minutes later he had to send off Emerson Royal in Brazil for another violent kick.

It seemed like a lot, but half an hour into the match, another flying kick appeared by the Brazilian and Liverpool goalkeeper, Alisson Becker, who went at the height of the rival’s head and the referee, who had shown a red card, reversed the decision of unusual way through the VAR.

Ecuador grew from the game, prevailed against the best in the South American classification and at match time the referee awarded a penalty on Pervis Estupiñán, but he also repented by VAR.

The locals kept pushing and found the goal in a corner kick that Félix Torres found with his head so that the whole stadium would go wild.

If some kind of seasoning was missing from this highly altered game, the referee awarded a penalty to Ecuador again at minute 95! for an exit with Alisson’s fists that hit the rival’s head and earned him another expulsion, although Roldán returned to the screen and corroborated, in a good way, that the decision had to be annulled again.

Uruguay won again

Uruguay beat Paraguay in Asunción by 1-0 and returned to victory after five dates in the South American Qualifiers for the Qatar 2022 World Cup, in the debut of its new technical director Diego Alonso.

Striker Luis Suárez decreed victory 5 minutes into the second half of the game thanks to a perfect left-footed shot against the far post.

The two-time world champions ended the streak that sentenced the end of the long cycle of Master Oscar Tabárez after accumulating a draw (Colombia 0-0) and four defeats in a row (Argentina 0-3 and 0-1, Brazil 1-4 and Bolivia 0-3).

The Guarani are penultimate in the standings with 13 units and were waiting for a miracle to travel to Qatar since on the next day they will visit the undefeated leader, Brazil, without captain Gustavo Gómez, unfairly expelled in this match at minute 94. by a contact with the arm near the opponent’s face.

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