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2009-06-09

America’s teams compete in 2010 World Cup qualifiers

Ulises Ríos

There were two big surprises in round 13 of the 2010 World Cup qualifiers, where Paraguay, Brazil, Chile and Argentina currently hold the top slots in South America.

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Argentina’s Fernando Gago (centre left) vies with Colombia’s Vladimir Marin (left), Fredy Guarin (centre right), and Radamel Falcao (right) during the 2010 World Cup qualifying match in Buenos Aires, 6 June 2009.

Argentina’s Fernando Gago (centre left) vies with Colombia’s Vladimir Marin (left), Fredy Guarin (centre right), and Radamel Falcao (right) during the 2010 World Cup qualifying match in Buenos Aires, 6 June 2009.

LATIN AMERICA – There were two big surprises in round 13 of the 2010 World Cup qualifiers, where Paraguay, Brazil, Chile and Argentina currently hold the top slots in South America. Results overwhelmingly favoured away teams, with only Argentina winning at home. The big upset in the North and Central American and Caribbean area (Concacaf) was Mexico’s 1-2 defeat at the hands of El Salvador – a result that left Mexico in real danger of not qualifying.

According to the official site of football’s governing body, FIFA.com, Brazil thrashed Uruguay 4-0; Venezuela earned a 1-0 victory over Bolivia in the oxygen-starved altitude of La Paz; Chile sprang a surprise with a 2-0 win over Paraguay in Asuncion; Ecuador gave themselves an outside chance of qualifying by beating Peru 2-1 in Lima; and Argentina scraped a narrow 1-0 win over Colombia.

According to ANSA, Argentina manager Diego Maradona maintained that “the result was marvellous, although the game wasn’t,” and added that his team would be ready for their match against Ecuador. “We are going to try our best at altitude, something that affected us terribly in La Paz,” he said. “We hope to do better in Quito”.

In the Concacaf qualifiers, Costa Rica, emboldened by their earlier 3-1 win over the U.S.,  beat Trinidad and Tobago 3-2. According to El Universal, two goals from Celso Borges and one from Alvaro Saborio won the match for the Costa Ricans and their manager, Rodrigo Kenton. The U.S., meanwhile, put their defeat in San Jose behind them and beat Honduras 2-1 in Chicago.

In South America, Brazil and Paraguay (24 points each), Chile (23), and Argentina (22) are now sure to go through, while Uruguay (17) and Venezuela (16) are vying for the chance of a play-off against the fourth-placed Concacaf team.

In Concacaf, Costa Rica (12 points) and the U.S. (10) are sure to qualify,  while – a long way behind – El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago are all in with a chance of securing the third-place qualifying slot.

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6 Comments

  1. 09/11/2009

    Guys, does anyone know where Chile and Colombia will play? I need to know right now, let's see if someone can help, thanks.

  2. 06/15/2009

    I think the Mexican national team is lacking a lot of character and pride, right now the team is cheap, there are good experienced young players like Jovany, but some are on cloud nine and should come down to earth, like Nery Castillo for example

  3. 06/13/2009

    Chile has the qualifying table upside-down and they're the strongest team, no doubt they deserve to go to South Africa 2010.

  4. 06/13/2009

    Sorry about my previous message when I didn't make a comment on the Ulises Rios article about the South Africa World Cup qualifying matches, I think it's great and I'm sorry I haven't seen my soccer team on the news since the 1970s, which was the last World Cup many of us got to watch. After that we were ashamed because of the horrible managers we had, especially that guy called Burga Seoane who was president of the Peruvian Soccer Federation.

  5. 06/13/2009

    As a South American (Peruvian) I would love to see Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and Colombia qualifying in this order because they're the most powerful teams right now and they can represent our region well

  6. 06/11/2009

    HI EVERYBODY, MY COMMENT IS HOW COME MEXICO IS THE BIG FISH IN CONCACAF IF THEIR WORLD CUP QUALIFICATION IS NOW UNCERTAIN AND COSTA RICA AND THE U.S. ALMOST DIDN'T ALLOW THEM TO MOVE IN THE FIELD, HOW LONG WILL WE HAVE TO PUT UP WITH THIS MEDIOCRITY, EVEN THOUGH WE'RE UPSET WE'RE MEXICANS AND WE'LL KEEP SUPPORTING THE TEAM UNTIL THE VERY END.

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