Brazil is in; Argentina still fighting for a World Cup spot

first_imgIn ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide With two matches to play, Uruguay and Colombia are in the best shape to join Brazil at the World Cup. The biggest shock could be two-time champion Argentina, which will battle for a spot against Peru, Chile, Paraguay and Ecuador. Bolivia and Venezuela have been eliminated.Argentina, the runner-up three years ago in Brazil, has not missed a World Cup since 1970.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogHere’s a look at the countries and matches set for Thursday and next Tuesday.ARGENTINA Argentina and Peru play Thursday at Boca Juniors’ La Bombonera stadium, among the world’s most hostile venues for visiting teams. It’s the first World Cup qualifier there in 20 years.Both countries have 24 points, and a victory by either would be a giant step toward qualifying. A slip, andArgentina will have to win the final match in Quito, Ecuador, where the altitude of 2,850 meters (9,350 feet) is a burden for visiting teams.Peru, coached by Argentine Ricardo Gareca, is at home to Colombia in its final game.Argentina will be without Sergio Aguero for both matches after he fractured ribs in a car accident last week. New coach Jorge Sampaoli has been unable to lift the team, which has drawn its last two matches, against Uruguay (0-0) and Venezuela (1-1).URUGUAYADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson What ban? Chinese in thrall to ‘goddess’ Sharapova It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES BRAZILBrazil is already in, and will surely test reserves in Thursday’s match in the thin air of La Paz. Look for the regulars to face Chile next week in Sao Paulo.Brazil coach Tite is undefeated in 10 qualifying games, and has won nine of them.THE RESTParaguay with 21 points, and Ecuador with 20, will need to win their final two matches and get help from others to have any chance. Bolivia and Venezuela are out.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DAY6 is for everybody MOST READcenter_img Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. How to help the Taal evacuees Uruguay is in great shape. It has 27 points and second place in the standings, 10 points behind Brazil. The team finishes qualifying at Venezuela, and at home against Bolivia — the two countries that are already eliminated.Depending on other results, a draw at Venezuela on Thursday might be enough to guarantee Uruguay a place in its third straight World Cup.COLOMBIAColombia has 26 points and beating Paraguay in the coastal city of Barranquilla could be enough to secure a place at its second straight World Cup. That would also eliminate long-shot Paraguay.“We’re fired up, but relaxed, knowing that this group can win the match and bring happiness to Colombia,” defender Davinson Sanchez said.CHILEThe two-time defending Copa America champion has only 23 points and is teetering on the edge. Chile is home against Ecuador on Thursday, and then must beat Brazil next week in Sao Paulo.Chile has lost its last two matches, against Paraguay and Bolivia, an indication of the state of play.PERUPeru has 24 points and has won three games straight to get back into contention. After the match in Buenos Aires, it finishes at home with Colombia.“We’re going to arrive at that final game in great shape,” Argentina-born coach Ricardo Gareca said. “We’ve got this far with our determination.”Peru last reached the World Cup in 1982 in Spain. Brazil’s Casemiro(L), Neymar(C) and Thiago Silva attend a training session at the Granja Comary sports complex in Teresopolis, about 90 km from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on October 3, 2017 ahead of their World Cup qualifier matches against Bolivia and Chile. / AFP PHOTO / Mauro PIMENTELRIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil is in, and over the next week three more South American countries will join the five-time champions at the World Cup in Russia.The fifth-place team from the region will also keep its chances alive, facing a playoff next month against New Zealand. That winner will also advance.ADVERTISEMENT Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img

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