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CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying: Chile’s alive, Argentina in trouble

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Chile’s Arturo Vidal, right, celebrates scoring against Peru during a 2018 World Cup qualifying soccer match in Santiago, Chile, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)


CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying continues to thrill, and some big names remain in danger of missing Russia 2018 after Match Day 10.

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While it seems certain that Peru, Bolivia, and Venezuela will miss out, the remaining seven teams stand without seven points of each other with eight qualifiers to play.

Bolivia 2-2 Ecuador

The visitors looked to have thrown away the match after a rough first half saw Pablo Escobar put Bolivia up 2-0. That’s when the Valencias took over, with Manchester United’s Antonio hooking up with Everton’s Enner for a pair of goals and a big point. So, yes, that means Enner avoided Ecuadorian jail, if you were wondering.

Colombia 2-2 Uruguay

This was a thriller in Baranquilla, as Uruguay’s Cristian Rodriguez answered Colombia’s early goal and Luis Suarez gave the hosts a 73rd minute lead only to see Jefferson Mina pull back a point in the rain for Los Cafeteros. Uruguay now sits second, a point back of Brazil and three points clear of Ecuador and Colombia.

Chile 2-1 Peru

Arturo Vidal gave Chile a pair of leads, and the two-time defending Copa America champs held onto the second to move to within three points of fourth and two points of fifth. The bleeding, for now, is stopped.

Argentina 0-1 Paraguay

It remains no Messi, lots of problems for Argentina, who fell at home to Derlis Gonzalez and Paraguay. The fifth-place hosts now lead the visitors by just one point, and are two ahead of Chile. Fifth, of course, is simply a playoff spot, so Argentina is more concerned with its one-point deficit to both Colombia and Ecuador. Unfortunately, a trip to Brazil is next.

Venezuela 0-2 Brazil

Neymar’s crew is back atop the table after goals from Gabriel Jesus and Willian led Brazil to a multi-goal win at lowly Venezuela. Next up for Brazil is a visit from Argentina.

Match Days 11 & 12 schedule

November 10
Colombia vs. Chile
Uruguay vs. Ecuador
Paraguay vs. Peru
Venezuela vs. Bolivia
Brazil vs. Argentina

November 15
Bolivia vs. Paraguay
Ecuador vs. Venezuela
Argentina vs. Colombia
Chile vs. Uruguay
Peru vs. Brazil

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