CONMEBOL Week 12 Wrap

1 04 2009

For those neysayers that still think that Europe is tops for international play, the past two days in CONMEBOL once again proved why this region is the toughest in the world to get out of.

Venezuela and Bolivia’s chances to get to the World Cup were moribund until they played their most inspired matches of the season. Both sides made history in process. Venezuela beat their neighbors for the first time in World Cup qualifying play at home. A ten-man Colombia side put up a valiant fight, albeit one that generated few chances on goal the last half hour of play.

Nicolás Fedor opened the scoring with a contrversial goal and Juan Arango once again was the Cafeteros’ nightmare scoring off a free kick that David Ospina could do nothing about. This left Colombis in a tough situation come June against an Argentina side that will defintely be motivated.

Diego Maradona thought his side was clicking on all cylinders, but the altitude and a team that poppoed them in the mouth put them in dire straits from the first whistle. Bolivia’s 6-1 thrashing of the Albiceleste was the worst for the Argentines since the 1958 World Cup when Czechoslovakia beat them by the same result.  Joaquín Botero’s hat-trick placed him top the goalscoring list.

Ecuador once again had trouble scoring but once they had the lead their advantage was take away in the dying moments of the match by Paraguay.  The Guaranís are now two points away from reaching the magic number to qualify for the World Cup.

Chile and Uruguay was one of the more exciting scoreless draws that could be seen.  The frenetic pace benefitted the spectators, but neither team got the complete satisfaction to know that they pulled a point away from Colombia.

Brazil had it a long time coming and they were able to beat Peru without a problem.   The win put them in second place behind Paraguay and Brazil inch closer to the cup as well as a huge match in June at the Centenario.

Venezuela 2-0 Colombia
VEN: Fedor (76′), Arango (81′)

Bolivia 6-1 Argentina
BOL: Martins (11′), Botero (33′ pk, 53′, 65′), Da Rosa (45′), Torrico (81′)
ARG: González (24′)

Ecuador 1-1 Paraguay
ECU: Noboa (63′)
PAR: Benítez (90′)

Chile 0-0 Uruguay

Brazil 3-0 Peru
BRA: Luis Fabiano (16′ pk, 27′), Felipe Melo (64′)stand1

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