- Bolivia are the rank outsiders in South American qualifying for Qatar 2022
- They begin out with video games towards Brazil and Argentina
- FIFA.com remembers their upsets of these two superpowers
Bolivia will start South American qualifying for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ because the rank outsiders. They completed within the backside two in every of the area’s final 4 preliminary campaigns, whereas they’re its lowest-positioned facet on the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.
And in the event that they already confronted an uphill wrestle, their opening two outings will certainly depart them needing to climb Chacraraju in soccer cleats. Indeed it’s Neymar and Brazil in Sao Paulo on Friday, adopted by Lionel Messi and Argentina in La Paz on Tuesday.
La Verde have, nonetheless, produced some main World Cup qualifying shocks towards A Seleção and La Albiceleste over time. FIFA.com spotlights 5 of them.
Bolivia 3-1 Argentina
Mexico 1970 qualifying
Argentina have been the favourites to see off the problem of an rising Peru and seize Group 1’s ticket to the primary World Cup exterior Europe or South America. Bolivia have been there, supposedly, to make up the numbers. In the pool’s first match, nonetheless, former Bayern Munich participant Ramiro Blacut scored one and arrange one other as La Verde beat La Albiceleste 3-1. Argentina in the end completed backside. Bolivia shedding 1-0 in a really tight sport in Buenos Aires, and Peru grinding out a degree there, in the end noticed Teofilo Cubillas and Co pip Blacut and workforce-mates to the prize.
Bolivia 2-0 Brazil
USA 1994 qualifying
Brazil had by no means misplaced a World Cup qualifier. At the thirty second time of asking, nonetheless, they lastly slipped up… solely to not Argentina or Uruguay as appeared the one plausibility. Marco Etcheverry craftily received a penalty however had it brilliantly saved by Taffarel, however ‘The Devil’ rebounded to open the scoring with two minutes remaining earlier than Alvaro Pena sealed a surprising 2-0 victory over Cafu, Rai, Bebeto and Co. It in the end helped Bolivia attain their first, and solely, World Cup and left Brazil needing to beat Uruguay of their closing qualifier, which they achieved with the assistance of reinstated dangerous boy Romario.
Bolivia 2-1 Argentina
France 1998 qualifying
Argentina cruised by means of the qualifiers, however they stumbled in 1997 in Bolivia. Marco Sandy put the hosts forward and, after their visitors equalised, one other defender, one born in Argentina, Fernando Ochoaizpur restored the lead. Daniel Passarella threw on Juan Sebastian Veron and Ariel Ortega, however goalkeeper Carlos Trucco was in impressed type and Bolivia held out for three factors.
Bolivia 3-1 Brazil
Korea/Japan 2002 qualifying
Brazil desperately required victory to stave off the specter of lacking out on the World Cup for the primary time, however a Julio Baldivieso brace impressed Bolivia to a come-from-behind 3-1 victory over Cafu, Emerson, Rivaldo, Denilson and Co. It as soon as once more left A Seleção needing to win their closing preliminary to undergo, and helped La Verde end a good seventh from ten in South America.
Bolivia 6-1 Argentina
South Africa 2010 qualifying
People might have been forgiven for assuming the scoreline was an April Fool’s Day joke, however ‘The Massacre of La Paz’ was reality on the primary day of 2009’s fourth month. Javier Zanetti, Javier Mascherano, Carlos Tevez and Lionel Messi suffered what stays Argentina’s joint-heaviest all-time defeat as Alex da Rosa, Joaquin Botero, Marcelo Moreno and Co ran riot to go away Diego Maradona’s facet going through an uphill wrestle to achieve the World Cup.