By DAN KARELL
Two automatic qualification spots for the 2014 World Cup remain open in CONMEBOL qualifying, with Chile, Ecuador, and Uruguay all vying to book their ticket to Brazil.
Colombia’s thrilling 3-3 draw with Chile last Friday earned the Cafeteros their first place in the World Cup in 16 years, but third and fourth place in the qualifying round robin group are still available, while Uruguay currently sit in the play-off place, where the fifth-place South American nation will have to play Jordan in a two-legged series with a massive amount of travel in between.
As Chile and Ecuador play each other on Tuesday in Santiago, Chile, both nations can secure qualification with a draw, so it will be interesting to see if either side tries to go for a win. Uruguay meanwhile need for one of those two nations to win so that they have a chance when they host a weakened Argentina side in Montevideo.
Having already qualified back in September, Argentina left off the injured Lionel Messi and Gonzalo Higuain as well as returning Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria to their clubs after Friday’s win against Paraguay. However, to move out of the play-off position, Uruguay would need to record a big win to improve their goal difference, an outcome that the team has admitted this week is unlikely.
Finally, both Peru and Bolivia, both eliminated already, face each other in Lima, and the high-flying Colombians travel to Paraguay for one final qualifying match.
Here is the full list of Tuesday’s qualifiers in CONMEBOL:
Paraguay vs. Colombia
Uruguay vs. Argentina
Chile vs. Ecuador
Peru vs. Bolivia
What do you think of these matches? Do you see Uruguay pulling off an upset? Do you believe that Chile and Ecuador would both settle for a tie?
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