South America is defining the last place in the play-off for the FIFA World Cup and four of the continent’s big four will be fighting for it: Peru, Colombia, and Chile are the only ones with a chance for the fifth spot.
By Facundo Di Bona (@facudibona).
A goal that everyone considers a phantom goal deprived Peru of celebrating its qualification for the play-offs for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, but the truth is that the ball did not go in at all and, instead, it was Uruguay who won 1-0 with a goal by Giorgian de Arrascaeta.
Thus, and although they still hold the desired fifth place, they will have to win in the last match of the qualifying phase to be able to face a team from the Asian Confederation, whose place will go to the winner between Australia and the United Arab Emirates.
How the fuck does FIFA keep getting away with this shit. Peru was ROBBED today Vs Uruguay pic.twitter.com/FT3XCS2G7o
— Rich Vasquez (@RichFizNYG) March 25, 2022
With Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador and Uruguay already qualified for the FIFA World Cup, up to three teams are in with a chance of a final trip to Qatar this coming morning.
They are Peru, with 21 points, Colombia, with 20, and Chile, with 19.
The fact is that all of them are playing to stay alive against teams that either no longer have options or that have already qualified.
Colombia end their run of seven games without a goal and get a convincing victory ?? pic.twitter.com/pAsrWWNChr
— 433 (@433) March 25, 2022
With all the duels set to take place at 5 o’clock this morning, Peru will host Paraguay, Colombia will visit Venezuela and Chile will play at home against Uruguay.
Everything is still to be decided in what seems almost a repetition of the last phase that decided the World Cup countries at the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018.
The last day of the 2018 qualifying phase also had its ups and downs in the Conmebol zone: the Chileans were in the places that gave direct access to the FIFA World Cup but were beaten 3-0 by Brazil, while Peru and Colombia played against each other, and ended 1-1, a result that both teams were very good for them since the Incas had access to the play-offs and the Cafeteros had direct qualification.
— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) March 25, 2022
Doubts about the legality of the result did not take long to appear and there was even a picture of Radamel Falcao García looking for several Peruvian players to talk to them on the field: the media said that he urged them not to keep attacking because he knew that Chile was being beaten.
In this case, there are no direct confrontations and everyone knows that, if Peru beats Paraguay, there is nothing for Colombia and Chile to do.
Who will finish fifth in @CONMEBOL?
— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) March 29, 2022
What Peru needs
If they win, there is nothing more to talk about: they would be placed with 24 points, something unreachable even if they win for Colombia and Chile, although if they draw, they will have to hope that none of the chasing teams wins, otherwise they would lose the fifth place.
In case of a fateful defeat -Peru never lost to Paraguay in Lima- they will need Colombia not to win and Chile not to win to earn a place in the FIFA World Cup playoff.
What Colombia needs
They are even on goals conceded and goals scored (19-19) so their only option is to win against Venezuela away from home and wait to see what happens in Peru.
If they win and Peru loses, Colombia will have their place in the play-offs for the FIFA World Cup. If Colombia draws, the Peruvians must lose and Chile must not win to finish fifth.
What Chile needs
The red team is the one with the worst outlook in this last round of South American qualifiers. Above all, because of the opponents, they have left to play for a place in the FIFA World Cup.
A few days ago, they were beaten by Brazil and for the final match they will have to beat an already qualified Uruguay, but with the desire to return the 2-1 with which both teams started the match at the Centenario stadium in Montevideo.
The only option for Chile is to win, but it will also have to wait for favorable results: Peru must lose and Colombia must not win.