All to play for in CONMEBOL qualifiers

 

Such is the format of South American (CONMEBOL) qualifying that one double header of matches can drastically change the various team standings. While Bolivia,Peru and Paraguay look to be increasingly separated from the pack all the other teams still have realistic chances of qualification. Especially with 5 possible berths for Brazil up for grabs.

Unsurprisingly Argentina lead the pack but only by a solitary point over Ecuador and a resurgent Colombia.

QUALIFYING STAGE TABLE
POS TEAM P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Argentina 7 4 2 1 15 6 9 14
2 Ecuador 7 4 1 2 8 7 1 13
3 Colombia 7 4 1 2 12 6 6 13
4 Uruguay 7 3 3 1 15 11 4 12
5 Chile 7 4 0 3 12 13 -1 12
6 Venezuela 8 3 2 3 7 8 -1 11
7 Peru 7 2 1 4 9 13 -4 7
8 Bolivia 7 1 1 5 7 12 -5 4
9 Paraguay 7 1 1 5 5 14 -9 4
Of all the teams to compete next week Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Ecuador have the most to gain with 2 matches each. The only problem is they are competing for the same 6 points.
The glamour tie on Friday is Argentina vs Uruguay with Messi, Arguero, Tevez against Suarez, Cavani and Ramirez. A win for either may see them top the table, a loss and it’s a long plane journey to their respective  away ties following.
Ecuador have two winnable games against Chile at home the Venezuela away. 6 points would see them rocket to the top depending on Argentina’s results.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2012
Time Stage Venue
20:00 GMT Bolivia  v  Peru Qualifying Stage Hernando Siles
20:30 GMT Colombia  v  Paraguay Qualifying Stage Roberto Meléndez
21:00 GMT Ecuador  v  Chile Qualifying Stage Atahualpa
00:00 GMT Argentina  v  Uruguay Qualifying Stage Mundialista Mendoza
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2012
Time Stage Venue
20:00 GMT Bolivia  v  Uruguay Qualifying Stage Hernando Siles
22:00 GMT Paraguay  v  Peru Qualifying Stage Defensores del Chaco
22:00 GMT Venezuela  v  Ecuador Qualifying Stage General Anzoátegui
00:05 GMT Chile  v  Argentina Qualifying Stage Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez

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