Uruguay, Argentina and Colombia qualify for World Cup

Argentina, Uruguay and Colombia booked their place at next year’s World Cup finals on Tuesday in a thrilling final round of qualifiers that saw South American champions Chile eliminated.

Argentina advanced after a Lionel Messi hat-trick secured a 3-1 win in Ecuador.

Soccer Football – 2018 World Cup Qualifiers – Uruguay v Bolivia – Centenario stadium, Montevideo, Uruguay – October 10, 2017. Uruguay’s Edinson Cavani celebrates after qualifying to the World Cup finals. REUTERS/Andres Stapff

Uruguay meanwhile sealed their place in Russia with a 4-2 home win over already-eliminated Bolivia.

Colombia qualified after a battling 1-1 draw with Peru in Lima.

Peru’s draw was good enough to give them a playoff berth which will see them take on New Zealand over two legs for a place in the finals.

But the combination of results spelt the end of the road for Chile, who were beaten 3-0 by Brazil and knocked out.


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