Brazil take on Chile on the penultimate day of the CONMEBOL World Cup 2021-22 qualifying tournament on Thursday, March 24 (24/03/2022).
While unbeaten Brazil (12-3-0, 39 points) already have their place in the 2022 FIFA World Cup, there is always the prospect of an exciting record being set. After their 4-0 win over Paraguay, the Brazilian side are just two wins away from the highest CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying points tally.
For Chile (5-4-7, 19 points), all of their World Cup hopes hang in the balance. A loss here ends their shot at a World Cup berth, as only the top four teams in the CONMEBOL will qualify for the Cup, with the team finishing 5th having entered an inter-confederation play-off to participate in the tournament.
What is the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying TV schedule for the week?
Every hour ET.
- 3/24 Colombia vs Bolivia, 7:30 p.m. fubo Sports Network 4, fubo Latino 4.
- 3/24 Paraguay vs Ecuador, 7:30 p.m. fubo Sports Network 2, fubo Latino 2.
- 3/24 Brazil vs Chile, 7:30 p.m. fubo Sports Network, fubo Latino Network.
- 24/03 Uruguay vs Peru, 7:30 p.m. fubo Sports Network 3, fubo Latino 3.
- 3/25 Argentina v Venezuela, 7:30 p.m. fubo Sports Network 2, fubo Latino Network 2.
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Where can I watch locally?
Wolff’s Biergarten, at 106 Montgomery St in Syracuse, will feature several games on Sunday. See the full schedule of soccer games at Wolff’s at their website.
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Story by The Associated Press
SAO PAULO (AP) — South America’s quota of four direct World Cup berths in Qatar could be filled with a qualifying round to spare, with Ecuador and Uruguay aiming to secure berths behind Brazil and Argentina this week.
The fifth-place team from South America will play an intercontinental playoff against the fifth-place team from Asia in June for another spot in Qatar, so the competition is always intense.
Peru, Chile and Colombia are looking to stay in contention for fourth or fifth in qualifying until the final round. Bolivia, Paraguay and Venezuela are already out.
Thursday’s most anticipated game will take place at the Centenario Stadium in Montevideo, where Uruguay (22 points) and Peru (21) will face each other. Chile’s (19) hopes hinge on securing points against Brazil (39) in Rio de Janeiro.
Third, Ecuador (25) can secure their place in Qatar with a combination of different results. A victory in Paraguay (13) is enough for Gustavo Alfaro’s team. A draw could also work, as long as Peru don’t beat Uruguay. A defeat could also be enough if Peru lose in Montevideo.
Colombia (17) will host Bolivia (15) and need an extremely unlikely combination of results to qualify.
Friday’s only South American qualifier will feature Argentina as hosts Venezuela. The final qualifying round will take place next Tuesday.
The final qualifying rounds are also a relief for South American teams, who have faced serious headwinds since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, not only due to their high virus rate in their country. , but also with the necessary sanitary protocols to bring European-based players for matches.
URUGUAY v PERU
Uruguay were in serious danger of not qualifying for the 2022 World Cup after four straight defeats under veteran coach Oscar Tabárez. Prospects have improved in the two games since Diego Alonso took over. Now the Uruguayans can reach the World Cup with a victory against a direct rival for the place, as long as Chile do not win in Brazil.
“We will play this match as if it were a final,” Alonso told a press conference.
Peru can reach at least the fifth position with a victory in Uruguay, as long as Chile does not beat Brazil at the Maracanã Stadium. Avoiding defeat in Montevideo could also be enough to get closer to Qatar, as next week’s round pits Chile against Uruguay and Peru against Paraguay.
“Reaching the final round relying only on ourselves is what we expected from the start,” said Ricardo Gareca, who took Peru to a World Cup for the first time in 36 years. in the last edition. “We need to have a lot of narrative, conviction, mentality to just depend on ourselves in the last two rounds.”
BRAZIL vs CHILE
For Chile, a defeat against Brazil would mean the end of their World Cup hopes for 2022. Chile have never beaten the Seleção away from home. A draw would keep their qualification hopes alive, but then the team would have to win at home against Uruguay and count on Peru failing to beat Paraguay in Lima.
“It’s clear we can’t play a scary game,” Chile coach Martin Lasarte said. “We have to play on an equal footing.”
Brazil are aiming for a South American qualifying record in their last two games against Chile and Bolivia. Two wins would give Tite’s side 45 points, two more than Argentina’s record set before the 2002 World Cup. Brazil and Argentina have already qualified for Qatar, but FIFA still want the teams are playing the match which was suspended in September.
Tuesday’s training session showed Tite keen to continue his experience with an attacking trio of Antony, Neymar and Vinicius Jr. He is also expected to give Gabriel Martinelli and Richarlison chances as a centre-forward in matches remaining.
“It doesn’t matter that we qualify, we are preparing for a World Cup,” Antony said. “We will take this as another great game to play, we will give 100 per cent.”
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