Tuesday, September 11, 2012

2014 World Cup Qualifying: Tuesday Preview (South America)

Argentina struggled to qualify for the 2010 World Cup, and then disappointed. This time the Gauchos look like the best team in South America - and one of the best in the world, having beaten Germany 3-1 last month in a friendly. That was revenge for losing 4-0 to Germany in the World Cup quarterfinals.
All of this makes them heavy favorites on Tuesday in a qualifier at Peru.

Through six matches, the Argentines lead the South American group with 13 points, followed by Chile and Ecuador with 12, Uruguay with 11 and Colombia on 10. At the bottom are Venezuela on 8, Peru with 6 and Bolivia and Paraguay with 4. The top four qualify automatically for the World Cup, joining Brazil as host nation. The fifth-place team faces a playoff against Asian opposition, meaning South America could wind up with six qualifiers. In other qualifiers on Tuesday, it's Uruguay vs. Ecuador, Paraguay vs. Venezuela, and Chile vs. Colombia.

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