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Friday 4 June 2021
The Argentine national football team resumed its march in the South American qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup, with a 1-1 draw with its guest Chilean on Thursday evening (Friday morning GMT) in the seventh round of the qualifiers.
In the same round, Bolivia defeated Venezuela 3/1, Colombia defeated Peru 3-0, and Uruguay drew with Paraguay 0-0.
The seventh and eighth rounds of the qualifiers come days before the start of the activities of the South American Nations Cup (Copa America), which was recently transferred from Argentina to Brazil, which is being held amid a wave of controversy due to the massive outbreak of Covid-19 infections caused by infection with the virus. Corona virus emerging in South America.
The Argentine team (Tango Dancers) raised its score to 11 points from five matches it has played in the qualifiers so far, to occupy second place in the qualifiers table, one point behind Brazil, which hosts Ecuador on Friday evening (Saturday morning GMT) at the end of the matches of this round.
Chile raised its score to five points in seventh place in the qualifying table.
The famous star Lionel Messi, captain of the Argentine national team, scored the team’s advance goal from a penalty kick in the 23rd minute, to be his 72nd international goal with the team.
Chile quickly equalized with a goal by Alexis Sanchez in the 36th minute.
The Corona pandemic caused the postponement of the matches of the fifth and sixth rounds of the qualifiers, which were scheduled last March.
Argentina won the penalty kick after Guillermo Maripan blocked Lautaro Martinez inside the penalty area.
Messi hit the kick to put the Tango team in the 23rd minute, but Alexis equalized for Chelsea in the 36th minute.
The Argentine national team played this match after a long absence from participating in the matches, as its last previous match was when it defeated Peru in November 2020 in the same qualifiers.
On the other hand, Chile played a friendly match on March 27 and beat Bolivia 2-1 in a friendly match.
Chile made a strong start in the match against Tango, and veteran striker Eduardo Vargas almost opened the scoring in the 15th minute, but his shot went outside the post.
This dangerous opportunity angered the tango dancers, who rushed in the attack, and received a penalty kick after the referee reviewed the video assistant referee system (VAR), and Messi scored the goal of the lead in the goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.
Alexis scored the equalizer after a free kick and then a header from Gary Medel, who set the ball for his teammate a few steps away from the goal.
Messi almost scored the goal for Tango again in overtime for the first half, but Bravo starred in stopping his shot.
The performance of the two teams declined in the second half, although the physical advantage of the Chilean team remained, while the Argentine team declined a lot in defense.
Minutes before the end of the match, Messi almost snatched the victory for his team, but the ball bounced off the post.
Uruguay fell into a goalless draw with Paraguay, raising both of them to seven points, although Paraguay, ranked fourth, outperformed Uruguay on goal difference only.
The Colombian team crushed its host Peru, with a 3-0 scoreline, scored by Yari Mina, Mateos Uribe and Luis Diaz in the 40th, 49th and 55th minutes, to raise its score to seven points in sixth place.
Both teams ended the match with only ten men, after the expulsion of Miguel Troaco of the Peruvian team at the end of the first half and Daniel Munoz of the Colombian team in the 58th minute.
In the opening matches of this stage on Thursday evening, the Bolivian team defeated its Venezuelan counterpart 3/1 to raise its score to four points and advance to eighth place after achieving its first victory in the qualifiers so far, and Venezuelas balance froze at three points in ninth place.
Bolivia scored through Marcelo Martinez Moreno in the fifth minute, before Juan Chancellor scored the equalizer for Venezuela in the 26th minute.
In the second half, Bolivia regained its lead, after Diego Ibanez scored the second goal for the hosts in the 60th minute, while Marcelo Martinez Moreno eliminated Venezuelas hopes in a tie, by scoring the third goal for Bolivia and his second personal goal in the 83rd minute.