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Peru increase World Cup qualifying hopes as late winner places Colombia in hassle | World Cup 2022 qualifiers


Edison Flores scored a late aim for Peru to earn a 1-0 away win towards Colombia on Friday, boosting their probabilities of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Flores, a half-time substitute, struck after 85 minutes to present Peru a priceless victory in Barranquilla. The DC United winger raced on to a by means of ball and fired a low, angled shot which David Ospina allowed in at his close to publish.

Edison Flores with a MASSIVE aim to spice up Peru’s World Cup qualification hopes, and dent Colombia’s! 😱

A second to overlook for David Ospina 😬

— FreeSports 📺 (@FreeSports_TV) January 28, 2022

The 2 sides started the sport tied on 17 factors. Although the house facet made many of the operating, they have been harm by their acquainted profligacy in entrance of aim. Remarkably, Reinaldo Rueda’s facet have now failed to attain of their final six World Cup qualifiers. Peru had two pictures at aim to Colombia’s 20 and their goalkeeper, Pedro Gallese, made some high-quality saves to maintain his group degree earlier than Flores struck.

Peru’s third consecutive qualifying win moved them into fourth place within the 10-team desk, one level above Uruguay, who beat 10-man Paraguay on Thursday due to a Luis Suárez winner. Colombia slip to sixth place; the highest 4 qualify mechanically for Qatar with the facet in fifth dealing with a play-off with a group from the Asian qualifiers.

Brazil and Argentina have already booked their locations and third-placed Ecuador are well-placed to hitch them. Peru’s subsequent sport is at residence to Ecuador on Tuesday, whereas Colombia are away to Argentina the identical night time. Bolivia missed the possibility to climb above Colombia as they misplaced 4-1 to the group’s backside group, Venezuela.

Earlier, Argentina put a significant dent within the qualifying hopes of neighbouring Chile with a 2-1 away victory in Calama. The guests rested Lionel Messi however nonetheless took the lead by means of Ángel Di María’s high-quality curling end 10 minutes in. Blackburn’s Ben Brereton Díaz continued his wealthy vein of type with the hosts’ equaliser as he despatched a high-quality looping header over Emiliano Martínez 10 minutes later.

Lautaro Martínez and Ángel Di María were on target as Argentina won 2-1 in Chile
Lautaro Martínez (proper) and Ángel Di María have been heading in the right direction as Argentina received 2-1 in Chile. {Photograph}: Javier Torres/EPA

Argentina received the victory in controversial style, profiting from an harm to Claudio Bravo 11 minutes earlier than half-time. With the Chile keeper getting ready to be substituted, Rodrigo de Paul shot from lengthy vary and with Bravo solely in a position to parry the shot, Lautaro Martínez adopted as much as slot residence the rebound.

“Every thing is all the time a lot simpler when Leo is right here,” Di María mentioned of his teammate, who continues to be recovering from Covid-19. The Argentina coach, Lionel Scaloni, additionally missed the sport after testing constructive. “Immediately we have been with out the perfect on the earth and our coach, however we received the victory and that is additionally for them,” Di María added.

Iran e book World Cup place with win over Iraq

Mehdi Taremi’s close-range winner sealed Iran’s third straight World Cup qualification as they beat neighbours Iraq 1-0 in Tehran. The Porto striker scored from Alireza Jahanbakhsh’s move early within the second half because the AFC Group A leaders booked their place in Qatar.

Regardless of the quick unfold of the omicron variant of the coronavirus in Iran, the federal government allowed 10,000 spectators to attend the match. Greater than 2,000 have been ladies – in step with Fifa’s calls for that Iran enable feminine spectators to attend World Cup qualifiers. It marked simply the second event that girls have been in a position to watch a significant soccer match in Iran.




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