World Cup Qualifiers Brazil won even without Neymar Messi could not get Argentina to win

New Delhi. Top-ranked Brazil won the FIFA World Cup Football Qualifiers in the South American qualifiers after coming back from the start. Argentina, on the other hand, were forced to share points due to a draw. Brazil registered a 3-1 win over Venezuela without the suspended Neymar and the injured Casemiro, while Argentina played out a goalless draw against Paraguay.

Brazil was trailing by the bottom-placed Venezuela in the points table till the 71st minute. In this match played in Caracas, Marquinho equalized Brazil. Gabriel Barbosa scored Brazil’s second goal on a penalty in the 85th minute, while substitute Antony scored the third in injury time. Eric Ramirez scored for Venezuela in the 11th minute. On the other hand, Argentina failed to score despite the presence of Lionel Messi. Argentina did not play one in front of Paraguay’s strong defense. Both the goalkeepers Emiliano Martinez of Argentina and Antoni Silva of Paraguay showed excellent play.

Brazil are on top with 27 points, while Argentina have 19 points from nine matches and are in second place. Ecuador and Uruguay have the same 16 points from 10 matches. Ecuador has won more matches and has moved up to third place with a 3-0 win over Bolivia. All these goals were scored between the 14th and the 19th minute. Michael Estrada scored the first goal, followed by Inner Valencia scoring two goals.

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Earlier, Uruguay was stopped by Colombia on a goalless draw. Colombia are fifth in the 10-team round-robin competition with 14 points. The top four teams will advance directly to next year’s World Cup in Qatar, while the fifth-placed team will play in the playoffs with teams from other federations.

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