- South American qualifying for Qatar 2022 kicked-off on Thursday
- Wins for Uruguay and Argentina; Paraguay and Peru in motion-packed draw
- Review all of the motion as it occurred with FIFA.com
The highway to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ formally received underway in South America on Thursday.
Arguably the world’s most arduous and aggressive of all continental journeys duly delivered, with three tightly contested matches and celebrity names on the scoresheet.
Luis Suarez had the honour of scoring the primary aim in Qatar 2022 South American zone qualifiers. His penalty was cancelled out by Chile captain Alexis Sanchez quickly after the break in Montevideo, however Uruguay snatched all three factors with a dramatic Maxi Gomez winner three minutes into added time.
There was comparable late drama amid a second-half aim flurry in Asuncion. Substitute Angel Romero netted a double inside quarter-hour for Paraguay, however Peru’s Andre Carrillo scored at every finish of the second interval – the latter with simply 5 minutes remaining – to make sure the Russia 2018 contributors prevented defeat of their opening Qatar 2022 qualifier.
In Buenos Aires, in the meantime, Lionel Messi as soon as once more grabbed the headlines as his lone early penalty proved sufficient for Argentina to edge victory over Ecuador. The Argentina skipper slotted house within the thirteenth-minute as the 2-time world champions made a low-key begin to their marketing campaign at an eerily quiet Bombonera.
Paraguay 2-2 Peru
Uruguay 2-1 Chile
Argentina 1-0 Ecuador
Stars instantly discover their vary
Luiz Suarez prolonged his Uruguay nationwide file to 60 worldwide targets in scoring the opener towards Chile. It was additionally one other slice of historical past for the file-breaker as he grabbed the maiden aim in South America’s highway to Qatar 2022.
Lionel Messi shouldn’t be one to be left behind and the Argentinian megastar did likewise in extending his nationwide file tally to 71. The first-half penalty-spot winner towards Ecuador leaves Messi having now scored in 5 World Cup qualifying campaigns.
Despite failing to take all three factors due to Peru’s late equaliser, Paraguay will probably be hoping they’ve turned a nook. La Albirroja had misplaced 4 of their previous 5 house World Cup qualifiers, together with a hefty 4-1 defeat towards Peru over the past qualifying cycle.