Colombia level 1-1 with Brazil; Argentina draw Venezuela in World Cup qualifiers

In other matches in South America: Bolivia edged Chile 1-0, Peru beat Ecuador 2-1 and Uruguay defeated Paraguay 2-1.
World Cup Qualifiers Source: AP
Edited by: India TV Sports Desk New Delhi September 06, 2017 16:22 IST

Radamel Falcao scored a second-half header to salvage a 1-1 draw for Colombia against group leader Brazil, earning an important point in qualification for next year's World Cup. 

The draw on Tuesday in Barranquilla, Colombia, ended a nine-game winning streak for Brazil coach Tite, who had been perfect in qualifying matches since he took over a year ago.

Willian scored for Brazil in first-half stoppage time.

In other matches in South America: Bolivia edged Chile 1-0, Peru beat Ecuador 2-1, Venezuela drew 1-1 at Argentina, and Uruguay defeated Paraguay 2-1.

Brazil has already qualified for the World Cup with 37 points from 16 matches. The other three automatic spots are still up for grabs going into the final two rounds next month. It's also possible a fourth berth could be gained in an intercontinental playoff.

Excluding Brazil, only seven points separate the next seven countries in the race to Russia.

Falcao's equalizer came in the 56th on a bouncing header and could become decisive in the standings.

Willian scored a spectacular goal in first-half injury time. Taking a touch from Neymar, he drove a right-foot shot into the corner as Colombia keeper David Ospina leaped to his left and came up short.

Colombia improved to 26 points.

Argentina was lucky to get a 1-1 draw against Venezuela in Buenos Aires.

After failing to score in its last two qualifiers, Argentina scored in this one, but only via to an own-goal from Venezuela's Rolf Feltscher in the 53rd minute. John Murillo scored for Venezuela three minutes earlier.

Argentina improved to 24 points and Venezuela, which has no chance to advance to Russia, has only 8 points.

New coach Jorge Sampaoli was supposed to bring and attacking mentality to Argentina. He drew 0-0 last week against Uruguay and now has sputtered against the weakest team in the region.

(With AP Inputs).

 
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