Brazil sealed their ticket to the Qatar 2022 World Cup against Colombia, whom they beat 1-0 with a goal from Lucas Paquetá on the thirteenth date of the South American tie. In the absence of five days to play, the team led by the Brazilian Tite was mathematically ranked fourth directly to the World Cup, after Germany and Denmark did by winning their groups in their respective confederations plus the guaranteed ticket that has the host.
La Verdeamarela has shown a marked supremacy in the South American qualifier, in which at the moment it accumulates 34 points product of 11 wins, a draw and no losses, although it has a suspended match against Argentina.
The albiceleste, in turn, is second with 25 points (seven wins and four draws) and hopes on Friday to take a decisive step towards the World Cup against Uruguay in Montevideo, while next week it will face the leader in the city of San Juan, Brazil.
For its part, with a 1-0 win against Venezuela, Ecuador, with 20 points, established itself in third place in the South American qualifying round and broke away from the squad that also make up Chile (momentarily fourth and in the direct classification zone). Colombia (fifth and in the repechage) and Uruguay (sixth) with 16 units.
In the European qualifiers, Spain was placed as the leader of group B before facing Sweden on Sunday and is approaching the World Cup in Qatar 2022 at the cost of a victory against Greece, who was left with no chance of access by losing 1-0 to ‘La Roja ‘, after a penalty goal scored by Pablo Sarabia at the Olympic Stadium in Athens.
This result places Luis Enrique’s team ahead of Sweden, which lost 2-0 to Georgia. The Spaniards lead the Swedes by one point, so a draw would be enough for them next Sunday at the La Cartuja stadium in Seville to seal their trip to the World Cup next year, while Sweden needs the victory.
On the same day, Russia beat Cyprus 6-0, thus remaining in the lead in Group H with 22 points. Their closest competitor is Croatia, who did the same by beating Malta 7-1 to win 20 points. On Sunday, both teams will meet in Croatian territory to dispute the direct ticket to the World Cup.
Portugal drew goalless against Ireland in Dublin and led Group A, with the same points as Serbia (17). The goal difference favors the team led by Cristiano Ronaldo and on the last date they will also play each other for the first place in Portuguese territory. With the tie, the Portuguese are inside and Cristiano would ensure his fifth participation in the World Cup.