Uruguay

Uruguay became the latest team to book a place in the 2022 World Cup following a 1-0 win over Peru in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying (WCQ) on Thursday night. 

This was Uruguay’s third successive win in the qualifiers, a feat they last achieved in 2013.

Uruguay showed intent from the first whistle, but it was Peru who got the first clear chances as Gianluca Lapadula first headed André Carrillo’s cross straight at Sergio Rochet, beofre his second effort was tipped past the post.

Federico Valverde also tested the goalkeeper with a ferocious strike from distance, which was well kept out by the keeper in the 41st minute.

The two teams seemed tobe headed for a scoreless break before the hosts took the lead in the 42d minute when José María Giménez directed Núñez’s cross onto the crossbar, only for Giorgian de Arrascaeta to react quickest and converted his fifth goal.

Peru came back for the second period stronger and seemed on the right path to finding their way back into the game.

Valverde smashed another effort against the crossbar just after the restart, but it was the closest they got as Uruguay held on for the win and punch their ticket to the finals.

In another match, rising South American side Ecuador also booked their spot at the finals despite losing 3-1 against Paraguay.

The Andeans who have now qualified for four of the last six finals have joined regional powerhouses Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay in Qatar.

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