The triple round for the South American Qualifiers closes this Thursday with direct duels that define positions in the classification table, on the way to the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

The actions begin in La Paz and Barranquilla, with two exciting matches: Bolivia (9) hosts Paraguay (12) and Colombia (15) faces Ecuador (16).

Bolivia vs. Paraguay

The Bolivian team wants to take advantage of their good moment at home against Paraguay, on date 12 of the South American Qualifiers.

A hinge party, Bolivia with 9, and Paraguay with 12 measure forces at height.

La Verde made a great effort to defeat Peru 1-0 last date and in this way got back into the fight. Now, in his fortress, he must subdue the Albirroja to maintain his options.

On the Paraguayan side, the defeat against Chile took a deep toll, however, they hope to use a historic triumph in La Paz, to continue to keep their chances of qualifying latent.

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Stadium: Hernando Siles (La Paz)

Hour: 16:00 local time

Referee: Andrés Matonte (URU)

WHERE: Juan Soto (VEN)

– Background –

  • Bolivia is undefeated against Paraguay in the last seven occasions in which they received it at home in Qualifying (4V 3E). Those from the Altiplano prevailed in the previous four games at home.
  • Bolivia has been in three games without losing at home in Qualifiers (2V 1E). It is his longest interval without falls on the way to Qatar 2022.
  • Paraguay will try to cut a four-match qualifying drought without winning away (2E 2D). They have not celebrated far from Asunción since they beat Venezuela 1-0 in October 2020 in the current qualifiers.
  • In addition to being the top scorer in the Qualifiers with eight goals, Marcelo Moreno Martins is the footballer who shot the most from inside the area (12): from there he scored all his goals. The forward is also the second with the most touches in the rival area (48, along with Lautaro Martínez).
  • Paraguayan footballers are the ones who made the most punts in these Qualifiers (179). Gustavo Gómez, with 32, is the second player who cleared the most balls in the competition.

Colombia vs. Ecuador

The Colombian team once again has the opportunity to move from the locker, when this Thursday it receives Ecuador, in a direct duel for qualifying positions.

The ‘coffee’ team with 15 units, one point less than the Tri, has the mission of conquering the three points in their fiefdom, where in the last day they equalized without goals with the leader Brazil.

In front will be the fierce Ecuador, who arrives after a defeat against Venezuela, knowing that there is no margin of error, so they at least need to score to continue among those classified to Qatar.

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Stadium: Metropolitan Roberto Meléndez

Hour: 16:00 local time

Referee: Diego Haro (PER)

WHERE: Leodán González (URU)

– Background –

  • Colombia has been undefeated in eight games without defeats at home against Ecuador by Qualifiers (6V 2E). In those meetings he received only two goals. The Ecuadorians could only triumph in coffee land for this competition on July 20, 1965, when they won 1-0.
  • Since returning to Barranquilla in the 2014 Brazil Qualifiers, Colombia has lost only four of the 22 games it played at home in that city (11V 7E 4D). Los Cafeteros also kept their fence undefeated in 50% of those games (11- 9V 2E).
  • Ecuador scored four goals in their last two games (1V 1D). La Tri will seek to score in three consecutive Knockout matches for the second time in the Gustavo Alfaro era.
  • • No footballer completed as many crosses as Colombian Juan Guillermo Cuadrado (20). The midfielder received 44 infractions, being the player who was fouled the most in the tournament.
  • Ecuador is the team that scored the most goals in the initial fifteen minutes (4, along with Argentina) and the one that scored the most in the closing quarters of the matches (6, along with Brazil) in the current Qualifiers.

Argentina vs. Peru

Undefeated, in a great footballing moment and with figures that stand out, the Argentine team will face Peru this Thursday, on the 12th date of the South American Qualifiers.

With 22 points, the team led by Lionel Messi wants to follow its perfect course towards Qatar and for that they will have to beat Peru in Buenos Aires.

La Bicolor, with 11 units and outside the qualifying zone, knows that its opportunities are running out, so a victory against the reigning champion of America will be an incentive to continue in the fight.

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Stadium: Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti (Buenos Aires)

Hour: 20:30 local time

Referee: Wilton Sampaio (BRA)

WHERE: Wagner Reway (BRA)

– Background –

  • Argentina is unbeaten in 16 games against Peru in the Qualifiers (10V 6E) and they have never lost at home on the nine occasions they received this rival (6V 3E). The last celebration of the Incaicos against the Albicelestes was in Lima on June 23, 1985 (1-0).
  • Argentina lost only one of the last 59 games it played in Buenos Aires for all competitions (42V 16E 1D): the only one capable of defeating it was Ecuador, 2-0, on October 8, 2015. La Albiceleste also received just one goal in the last six games in the capital (4V 2E).
  • Peru only stumbled in two of the last six South American Qualifiers (3V 1E 2D), but those falls were in their last two road appearances.
  • Lionel Messi and Rodrigo De Paul delivered 203 passes to each other in the current Playoffs. No other pair of footballers met so many times in this qualifier.
  • The Peruvian Luis Advíncula made 34 recoveries in the defensive third of the field, being the second footballer who achieved the most recoveries in that sector of the field.

Chile vs. Venezuela

The Chilean team will host Venezuela on Thursday for the 12th date of the South American Qualifiers.

La Roja, eighth with 10 points, wants to regain prominence in the Qualifiers and has the option to do so this Thursday when they face Venezuela.

Confident after their victory against Paraguay, the team led by Martín Lazarte knows that they cannot miss the points against a Vinotinto who arrives inspired and eager to gain momentum, after their victory at home against Ecuador.

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Stadium: San Carlos de Apoquindo (Santiago)

Hour: 21:00 local time

Referee: Raphael Claus (BRA)

WHERE: Rodolpho Toski (BRA)

– Background –

  • Chile lost twice to Venezuela in 15 qualifying matches (11V 2E 2D). One of those falls was in the last match, when Vinotinto won 2-1 in Caracas.
  • As a local, Chile lost only one of its last eight games for all competitions (5V 2E 1D). In Qualifying, he stumbled in one of the previous six games he played in Santiago (3V 2E 1D). The only one to beat him was Brazil, who beat him 1-0 in September this year.
  • Venezuela will go out to try to cut a streak of five consecutive defeats playing as a visitor in the Qualifiers. It is his worst drought away from home since he spun five between September 2004 and October 2005.
  • Alexis Sánchez (17) and Arturo Vidal (16) are the second (tied with Iván Zamorano) and fourth top scorer for Chile in Qualifying. They will seek to match Marcelo Salas, who leads La Roja in this indicator with 18 annotations.
  • Venezuela will try to return to maintain its undefeated fence as a visitor by Qualifiers after five games without being able to do so (5D). The last time he did it, he added three points (1-0 against Paraguay, on October 10, 2017).

Brazil vs. Uruguay

The Brazilian team wants to accelerate the step towards qualification and for that they will have to get out of the way to the tough Uruguay, which is looking for a balsamic triumph.

Brazil missed their first points against Colombia, but their leadership is not at risk. With 27 points, it seems a matter of time the hallmark of his classification, however, he cannot relax.

Uruguay seems to be more bound to victory after their loss to Argentina. The good news is that he is still in the direct qualifying zone, with 16 points.

– Data –

Stadium: Arena Manaus (Manaus)

Hour: 20:30 local time

Referee: Fernando Rapallini (ARG)

WHERE: Mauro Vigliano (ARG)

– Background –

  • Uruguay is one of the six teams that managed to beat Brazil in the Qualifiers: they beat them 1-0 on July 1, 2001 in Montevideo. That was his only win in 11 games against Scratch (1V 5E 5D).
  • Brazil has ten consecutive victories playing at home in the Qualifiers and nine games without conceding a goal. Both are historical records in the competition: never has a team achieved ten wins in a row at home or nine games without receiving so many in that condition
  • Only one of Uruguay’s last four outings to play as a visitor for the Qualifiers ended in a fall: it was the clash against Argentina, which ended in defeat 3-0 (1V 2E 1D). La Celeste managed to prevail in two of the last seven away matches by World Cup qualifications (2V 3E 2D).
  • 59% of Brazil’s goals in these Qualifiers come in the final half hour of the matches: the Brazilians celebrated 13 goals in the closing 30 minutes, being the team that scored the most in that time slot in the tournament.
  • Uruguay scored five penalty goals, more than any other selected in the current Qualifiers: Luis Suárez scored four and Giorgian De Arrascaeta the remaining. The Charrúas were also the ones who suffered the most infringements within the rival area (5).

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