South American qualifiers did not show any big surprises or shocks this week. Brazil has already been qualified for the world cup on the previous matchday. Only four teams can directly qualify for the world cup from South America. The team which stands in the fifth position should play the playoffs. Soccer betting would be thrilling in the playoff games for the South American team.
In this match week, the main attracting match was Brazil vs Argentina. Earlier, and it was cancelled due to some issues between Argentina and Brazil’s health department. As Brazil was already qualified, the fans were not expecting a thrilling match. But as usual, the game between the rivals always had its hype. Argentina just needed a draw to qualify for the world cup, and they were aiming to get it done in style against Brazil. The game ended in a draw, and Argentina became the second team from South America to qualify for the world cup.
CONMEBOL Team of the Week is:
Goalkeeper: Pedro Gallese
The Peru goalkeeper saved a penalty against Venezuela and kept the team still in 5th position to keep their hopes of qualifying for the world cup. He saved the penalty of Darwin Machis in the 69th minute.
Right-back: Juan Cuadrado
The Juventus man was critical in holding Paraguay for a draw, and his contributions were more in the defence in this match. The draw helped Colombia to remain in the fourth position.
Left-back: Pervis Estupinan
Villareal’s main left-back scored a goal against Chile and helped the team with his defensive skills to deny the scoring chances of Chile.
The Argentine again proved why he would be the future leader of the team. His defensive qualities are great, and he was able to keep Vinicius out from scoring.
In the absence of Thiago Silva, the Real Madrid youngster paired up with Marquinhos to deny the in-form Argentine attackers.
Fred always plays with consistency with Brazil. He always gets a lot of criticisms when he plays with Manchester United. With Brazil, his position is different, and he plays differently.
Rodrigo de Paul
Rodrigo de Paul is emerging as one of the best midfielders in Europe. He is one of the critical players of Argentina, and his physicality is vital in his performances.
Even in the loss against Peru, the Torino midfielder played well for Venezuela and was key in setting up their single goal.
The veteran forward scored two goals and has an assist for Bolivia in the match against Uruguay.
Peru’s No.8 scored the winning goal for Peru in the win against Venezuela.
The Benevento forward opened the scoring for Peru and was always a regular threat to Venezuela’s defence.