- South American qualifiers for Qatar 2022 started final week
- Some well-known names fired their groups to success
- Neymar, Alexis Sanchez, Luis Suarez and Radamel Falcao all starred
Every FIFA World Cup™ qualifying competitors throws up new names, reveals the gamers who characterize the way forward for their respective nationwide groups, and exhibits if the younger weapons starring at membership degree may excel on the worldwide stage. In the highlight as the Qatar 2022 preliminaries received beneath manner have been the likes of Lautaro Martinez, Rodrygo, Richarlison, Federico Valverde, Rodrigo Bentancur and Gonzalo Plata.
With the exception of Rodrygo, who didn’t function in Brazil’s second match of the week, the members of this thrilling new wave all performed each their nations’ video games, with Richarlison, Plata and Martinez all discovering the again of the internet.
Nevertheless, it was South America’s old guard who made the headlines on the opening two days of the CONMEBOL qualifiers. With 257 caps between them, Neymar, Philippe Coutinho and Thiago Silva all turned it on for Brazil, whereas Luis Suarez scored three for Uruguay, regardless of the absence of strike companion Edinson Cavani.
Lionel Messi made mild of his 33 years to shine as soon as extra for Argentina as he took his tally of caps to 140, and Arturo Vidal and Alexis Sanchez have been equally spectacular for Chile. Not to be outdone, the skilled Colombian trio of Radamel Falcao, James Rodriguez and Luis Muriel helped Los Cafeteros choose up 4 factors out of a potential six.
Brazil twice trailed Peru just for Neymar to activate the type and make it two wins out of two for A Seleçao. The No10 scored a hat-trick as his facet got here again to win 4-2. In opening his account for the night time, he moved degree with Ronaldo as Brazil’s joint second-highest scorer on 62 objectives. His subsequent two strikes took him out on his personal in second and to inside 13 of Pele’s all-time document as the nation’s main marksman.
Radamel Falcao’s final objective for Colombia got here in June 2019, after which he went goalless at the Copa America. Team-mate James Rodriguez fared little higher with Real Madrid in a irritating 2019/20 season wherein he made simply 14 appearances in all competitions. The Cafetero talismen have been again in enterprise of their facet’s double-header in opposition to Venezuela and Chile, nonetheless. Falcao it was who secured a significant level away to the Chileans with a stoppage-time equaliser, whereas James, who’s having fun with a brand new lease of life at Everton, set the midfield tempo in each video games.
The pleasure of a champion
In his 115 appearances with La Celeste to this point, Luis Suarez has suffered only one defeat by a 4-objective margin, in opposition to Brazil on 6 June 2009. Ecuador practically made it two on Tuesday, main the Uruguayans 4-0 with simply six minutes remaining. Suarez salvaged just a little pleasure, nonetheless, changing two late penalties to make the scoreline just a little extra respectable and enhance his facet’s objective distinction, which may show important when the qualifiers come to an finish.
Alexis Sanchez struck his forty fifth objective for Chile in opposition to Colombia on Tuesday, cementing his place as La Roja’s all-time main scorer, nicely forward of staff-mate Eduardo Vargas and the legendary duo of Marcelo Salas and Ivan Zamorano. Sanchez confirmed his poaching instincts in giving his facet the lead in opposition to Los Cafeteros. Arriving late at the far put up, he latched on to a unfastened ball, flicked it over the advancing goalkeeper and slid it into the again of an empty internet.
“This is a big win at altitude, where victories are always harder to come by. We’ve still got a lot to do. The qualifiers have only just started and we’re delighted to come away with these two wins.”
Messi was a relieved man after Argentina edged a good and infrequently fractious match in Bolivia. Having scored his facet’s winner in opposition to Ecuador on Matchday 1, the Barcelona man failed to seek out the again of the internet in La Paz. It was the first time in seven World Cup qualifying matches courting again to 16 November that Argentina had managed to win with out a objective from their captain.