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Oct 13, 2013

Uruguay resigned to playoff before Argentina clash

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Uruguay may have reached the last four at the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa, but they will be under no illusion about their current prospects on Tuesday when they seek an unlikely high-scoring triumph over Argentina.

Only a crushing victory at the Centenario, in one of South America’s ‘clasicos’, coupled with victory for either Chile or Ecuador when they clash in Santiago at the same time (00.30 a.m. British time), would secure qualification for next year’s finals.

Oct 13, 2013

Soccer-Uruguay resigned to playoff before Argentina clash

BUENOS AIRES, Oct 13 (Reuters) – Uruguay may have reached the last four at the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa, but they will be under no illusion about their current prospects on Tuesday when they seek an unlikely high-scoring triumph over Argentina.

Only a crushing victory at the Centenario, in one of South America’s ‘clasicos’, coupled with victory for either Chile or Ecuador when they clash in Santiago at the same time (2330 GMT), would secure qualification for next year’s finals.

Oct 12, 2013

Colombia qualify, Uruguay face likely playoff

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Colombia qualified for the 2014 World Cup finals while Ecuador and Chile all but sealed tickets on Friday leaving Uruguay most likely to play a fourth successive inter-continental playoff to join them in Brazil next year.

Colombia fought back with striker Radamel Falcao converting two late penalties against a Chile side inspired by Alexis Sanchez’s first-half brace for a 3-3 draw and the point that put them in their first finals since 1998 with a match to spare.

Oct 12, 2013

Soccer-Colombia qualify, Uruguay face likely playoff

BUENOS AIRES, Oct 11 (Reuters) – Colombia qualified for the 2014 World Cup finals while Ecuador and Chile all but sealed tickets on Friday leaving Uruguay most likely to play a fourth successive inter-continental playoff to join them in Brazil next year.

Colombia fought back with striker Radamel Falcao converting two late penalties against a Chile side inspired by Alexis Sanchez’s first-half brace for a 3-3 draw and the point that put them in their first finals since 1998 with a match to spare.

Oct 11, 2013

Colombia fight back for point to go to Brazil

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Colombia came back from conceding three goals in the opening half hour to draw 3-3 at home to Chile and secure a berth in the World Cup finals for the first time since 1998 on Friday.

The draw kept Colombia in second place in the South American group behind leaders Argentina, who qualified last month, and ahead of Chile, Ecuador and Uruguay, three teams vying for the other two automatic places in the 2014 finals in Brazil.

Oct 11, 2013

Soccer-Colombia fight back for point to go to Brazil

BUENOS AIRES, Oct 11 (Reuters) – Colombia came back from conceding three goals in the opening half hour to draw 3-3 at home to Chile and secure a berth in the World Cup finals for the first time since 1998 on Friday.

The draw kept Colombia in second place in the South American group behind leaders Argentina, who qualified last month, and ahead of Chile, Ecuador and Uruguay, three teams vying for the other two automatic places in the 2014 finals in Brazil.

Oct 9, 2013

Preview – Colombia close to ending 16-year World Cup wait

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Colombia will end a 16-year wait for a place in the World Cup finals if they get a point when they host Chile at the Metropolitano in Barranquilla on Friday.

Chile need a win in the hot and humid Caribbean port city to secure a ticket to their second finals in succession with one qualifier to spare.

Oct 9, 2013

Colombia close to ending 16-year World Cup wait

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Colombia will end a 16-year wait for a place in the World Cup finals if they get a point when they host Chile at the Metropolitano in Barranquilla on Friday.

Chile need a win in the hot and humid Caribbean port city to secure a ticket to their second finals in succession with one qualifier to spare.

Oct 9, 2013

Soccer-Colombia close to ending 16-year World Cup wait

BUENOS AIRES, Oct 9 (Reuters) – Colombia will end a 16-year wait for a place in the World Cup finals if they get a point when they host Chile at the Metropolitano in Barranquilla on Friday.

Chile need a win in the hot and humid Caribbean port city to secure a ticket to their second finals in succession with one qualifier to spare.

Oct 9, 2013

Argentina won’t take foot off throttle

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentina will not hold back despite having already qualified for the World Cup finals or lost four top players including Lionel Messi to injury when they host Peru in a qualifier on Friday.

Coach Alejandro Sabella also will be without Gonzalo Higuain, Fernando Gago and Javier Mascherano, normal shoe-ins to his first choice team, for the match at the Monumental (2300 GMT) and their last qualifier away to Uruguay next Tuesday.

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