DUBAI: Peru booked a World Cup play-off spot in opposition to both Australia or the United Arab Emirates with a 2-0 victory over Paraguay on Tuesday, thus dashing the hopes of Colombia and Chile to achieve the Qatar extravaganza.
With Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador and Uruguay already certified, all that was to play for within the last spherical of South American qualifying was fifth place and an intercontinental play-off.
Both Colombia, who gained 1-0 away to Venezuela, and Chile, overwhelmed 2-0 at house by Uruguay, might have certified with a victory had Peru slipped up.
But for the second World Cup qualification marketing campaign in a row, Peru head right into a play-off.
Last time they beat New Zealand 2-0 over two legs however their activity can be more durable this time with a one-off conflict in opposition to both the Socceroos or UAE in Qatar in June.
Italy-born Gianluca Lapadula opened the scoring on 5 minutes in Lima and though debutant Sebastian Ferreira hit the bar quickly after for Paraguay, Peru have been largely in management.
Yoshimar Yotun doubled the benefit on 42 minutes, acrobatically changing a cross from Edison Flores.
It might have been extra snug for Peru however Lapadula was twice denied by the woodwork.
Colombia missed out on the play-off by a single level.
Halfway via the qualification marketing campaign, that they had been in a powerful place to qualify however a run of seven straight video games with out a aim earlier than profitable their last two matches crushed their hopes.
James Rodriguez scored the one aim deep into first-half stoppage time from the penalty spot after Ronald Hernandez was penalised for a foul on Rafael Borre.
Chile struggled all through the marketing campaign and missed out on the World Cup for the second match in a row.
They wanted each Peru and Colombia to fail to win whereas profitable themselves to progress.
But spectacular objectives from Luis Suarez and Federico Valverde left them heartbroken and lifted Uruguay into third within the group.
Brazil set a brand new factors document for a South American World Cup qualification marketing campaign with a 4-0 win away to Bolivia.
The Selecao’s document of 14 wins and three attracts — with a rearranged fixture at house to Argentina nonetheless to play — leaves them with 45 factors, two greater than Marcelo Bielsa’s Argentina managed forward of the 2002 match.
In a match between the perfect assault and the worst defence within the competitors, Brazil’s snug victory even with out the suspended Neymar was no shock.
Luca Paqueta opened the scoring on 24 minutes whereas a double from Richarlison and one other from Bruno Guimaraes sealed the drubbing.
Argentina stretched their unbeaten run to 31 matches with a 1-1 draw away to Ecuador.
Julian Alvarez opened the scoring for Argentina on the second try in opposition to the run of play on 24 minutes however Enner Valencia scored in stoppage time, slamming house the rebound after his penalty was saved by goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli.