16 December 2017

World Cup qualifications finished: Finalists - Video

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After a goalless first half, Brazil took the lead in the 55th minute when Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo could only parry Dani Alves' long free kick back into the middle of the box and Paulinho tapped in the rebound. reports that, the lead was doubled two minutes later when Philippe Coutinho played a long pass forward that landed at the feet of Neymar, who passed across for Gabriel Jesus to score into an empty net.

Manchester City striker Gabriel added a third in stoppage time to seal Chile's fate.

Peru's draw shattered the World Cup dreams of Chile, who lost 3-0 in Brazil.

Colombia qualified for the World Cup, while Peru reached the playoff after they shared a 1-1 draw.

James Rodriguez put Colombia in front in the 56th minute, and at that point, Peru was facing elimination, but Jose Paolo Guerrero stepped up to score a free kick to equalize and push his team into fifth place.

Luis Suarez scored twice to lead Uruguay into the World Cup with a 4-2 win over Bolivia.

With Argentina's hopes of qualifying for the World Cup in jeopardy, Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick when he was needed most, rallying his country to a 3-1 win over Ecuador and a spot in Russia next summer.

Argentina was level in the 11th minute as Messi pushed forward and laid the ball off to his left to Angel Di Maria, who returned the pass for the Barcelona star to roll in the equalizer.

Seven minutes later, Messi put his team ahead. Di Maria's pass forward was intercepted, but Messi took it off the defender's boot, ran in on goal and sent a rocket into the top corner.

Messi completed his hat-trick with his best of the night in the 62nd minute. After receiving the ball in space about 40 yards from goal, Messi carried the ball to the top of the box, held off a shove from the defender and scooped the ball beyond the keeper's reach and into the net.

Portugal won last game, against group leader Switzerland and took first place from them. So last Euro 2016 winners will go to the World Cup directly.

Netherland also won last game against second-place Sweden. But because of the average, they didn't make it to the finals of World Cup 2018.

2017.10.11 / 10:07
Isko Babazade
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