(MENAFN – Alghad Newspaper) Cities – Brazil and Argentina are trying to tweet out of the flock in the South American qualifiers for the Qatar 2022 soccer World Cup, as the first made its best start in the qualifiers in 51 years with its fourth successive victory over its stubborn Uruguay host 2-0 yesterday, while The second came back with its star, Lionel Messi, with points from Peru, with two clean goals as well.
Brazil, with its legend Pele and the likes of Tostao, had scored six consecutive victories at the beginning of the 1970 World Cup qualifiers, which won his title later in Mexico.
Brazil raised its lead with 12 full points, two points behind Argentina, which compensated for its last draw with Paraguay, while Colombia suffered a humiliating loss at Ecuador 1-6, and the latter rose to third place with nine points.
At the famous “Centenario” stadium in Montevideo, Brazil logically decided its confrontation with Uruguay in the first half, with two goals from Arthur’s shot from outside the area that rebounded from the defense into the net (34) and a beautiful header for Richarlison after a cross from Renan Lodi (45), taking advantage of the striker’s absence Luis Suarez, infected with the emerging coronavirus, then the other striker, Edinson Cavani, was sent off in the second half.
Brazil, whose star Neymar missed the second match in succession due to injury, seems to be in a comfortable position to reserve one of the four qualifying cards for South America, noting that the five-time world champion (a record) is the only one who has not missed the World Cup since its launch in 1930 in Uruguay specifically.
Uruguay was the most dangerous start with a ball by young Darwin Nunes, which hit goalkeeper Ederson in front of empty stands due to the protocol to prevent the spread of the Corona virus.
Despite Uruguay’s superiority, “Siliciao” took advantage of its first opportunity, when Arthur, who played instead of the injured Allen, received Gabriel Jesus pass outside the area. He fired it from the back of defender Jose Jimenez and deceived the goalkeeper, scoring his first international goal in 21 matches.
Brazil, in turn, dominated the midfield to thwart the host’s reaction, until Richardson, the Everton striker, converted Woody Mercury’s cross against Martin Campania, goalkeeper of Saudi club Al-Batin, scoring his eighth international goal.
Richarlison commented on his beautiful goal from the center of the area, “This is not my center. I am attacking towards the near post, but I happened to score a similar goal in the exercises and I said to myself .. If it succeeds in the exercises, I will do it again.”
Uruguay’s crossbar then resisted again, with veteran defender Diego Godin heading her head before the break.
Chilean referee Roberto Tobar raised a yellow card in the face of Cavani after friction with Richarlison, but after confirming the video assistant referee, he returned and raised the red to dismiss him a third of an hour before the end of time, so Uruguay failed to beat Brazil for the first time since 2001.
Veteran Brazil defender Thiago Silva (93 caps) said, “We played in the absence of some key players, and our starter Neymar, but we managed to do well and win. It is always difficult to defeat Uruguay. Even in the absence of the great striker Suarez, we are happy to keep our nets clean.” I think you need defensive strength to win titles. “
Brazil has not lost in the qualifiers since coach Tite assumed his duties in 2016 (14 wins and 2 draws).
And Oscar Washington Tabarez, the coach of the Uruguay national team, admitted that his team could not beat “a very good team.”
After the match ended, Tabarez said that Brazil “made good use of the conditions of the match,” and explained, “We were in fifth place after four rounds … what made it difficult for us a lot was the defeat against Ecuador, we were able to correct things a little against Colombia (3-0 victory) and now We had to face Brazil and we will have to face Argentina afterwards “in the fifth round of qualifiers.
Tabarez had warned that the start of the qualifiers would “require a lot” from the Uruguay national team, and now he mentioned that “this is what really happened.”
Regarding Celeste’s lack of important players against Brazil due to the new Corona virus, the coach acknowledged that this was expected and said, warning, “The matter is getting worse and I do not know what will happen in the qualifiers and other competitions.”
In the second match, Argentina compensated for their last draw with Paraguay with a deserved 2-0 victory over Peru in Lima, with the goals of their attackers, Nicholas González, 22, and Lautaro Martinez, 23.
Her coach, Lionel Scaloni, is trying to build a coherent squad with his star, Lionel Messi, the world‘s best player six times.
The day before yesterday, he pushed two strikers in front of the Barcelona star, so Gonzalez, the German player, succeeded with a lightning goal in the 17th minute, before Inter striker Martinez strengthened the numbers nine minutes later.
It seems that Gonzalez will compete for a key position in the “Albi Celeste” squad, absent from injured Sergio Aguero and Paulo Dybala, while Lucas Ocampos and Angel Di Maria sat on the bench after their regular performance last week against Paraguay (1-1).
Giovanni Lucelso continued to present his good levels in the middle and contributed by passing through the first goal of Gonzalez, who dodged the defense and scored again in his second international match from a strong left.
Lautaro repeated the scene from a pass in the rear this time by Leandro Paredes, overcoming the goalkeeper and scoring his eleventh goal in 20 international matches.
“On the individual level, I didn’t play well against Paraguay, and I had to correct that day,” said the Inter Milan striker.
After the break, Messi tried to catch the net, but his most dangerous opportunity came close to the left post after a beautiful individual effort (76), to be unable to sign his 72nd international goal in his 142 international match.
“We needed to win (after Paraguay drew) … we played well from the start and created a lot of chances, and then the goals came. Our group gets stronger with the passage of time,” said Messi, 33, the Barcelona star, who failed to score against Peru for the sixth time.
Ecuador tied the biggest win in its history in the qualifiers, by crushing its hosts Colombia 6-1, to achieve its third successive victory, including a remarkable victory over Uruguay 4-2.
Colombia’s Portuguese coach, Carlos Queiroz, made four substitutions before the end of the first half amid blatant defensive mistakes, after Los Cafeteros was delayed by a quartet bearing the signature of Robert Arboleda (7), Angel Mina (9), Michael Estrada (32) and Javier Arriaga (39), against An honorary penalty kick translated by James Rodriguez (45) for Colombia, which suffered a bitter second after last defeat against its Uruguayan home 0-3.
Estrada said, “We knew that Colombia was depressed after what happened in Uruguay. We took advantage of our fast play and achieved victory.”
In the second half, “La Tree” continued her hobby and scored a double through Gonzalo Plata (80) and Parvis Estubinan (90).
Bolivia won its first point, drawing a 2-2 draw at Paraguay, with goals from Marcelio Moreno (41) and Boris Cespides (45), while landowner Angel Romero scored (19 from a penalty kick) and Kako (72).
Salomon Rondon scored a late goal (81), giving Venezuela its first victory over home to Chile, 2-1.
Venezuela, the only one from South America who did not participate in the World Cup, opened the registration early with Luis Gel Pino (9), before a quick tie by the veteran Chilean star Arturo Vidal (15).
The fifth and sixth rounds will be held in March 2021.- (AFP)