Monday, September 10, 2012

2014 World Cup Qualifying Wrap (South America)

Lionel Messi was almost unstoppable again as Argentina posted their sixth victory in a row, swatting Paraguay aside 3-1 to take the lead in South America’s World Cup qualifiers on Friday. Colombia, who had played below potential in a poor start to the campaign that included the sacking 10 months ago of coach Leonel Alvarez, climbed into the top five with a 4-0 rout of Uruguay in steamy Barranquilla. “We mustn’t lose focus of what this qualifying campaign is,” Colombia’s Argentine coach Jose Pekerman warned after the emphatic win sparked by red-hot striker Radamel Falcao’s early opening goal. Colombia’s win pushed Venezuela, who are looking to reach the finals for the first time but were beaten 2-1 away to Peru, down to sixth place.

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