Chukwuemeka Anoh | October 12, 2017
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A stunning hat-trick from Lionel Messi ensured Argentina qualified automatically for the world cup with a victory in Quito. The Barcelona star does it all himself again to ensure he plays in another world cup with the hopes of winning it with his Argentina team mates.
Brazil became the first team to qualify from South America for Russia after nine successful winnings. The teams who eventually qualified for Russia with Brazil are Uruguay, Argentina, Colombia and Peru for play-offs.
Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez and his Chile team failed to qualify for next year world cup after they were drowned 3-0 by brazil, despite Brazil already securing top spot, opening up opportunities for other teams to cross above La Roja.
PSG Edison Cavani and Luis Suarez (with a brace) were both on the score sheet as Uruguay needed the win against Bolivia to secure a spot in Russia. Paraguay lost at home to Venezuela and blew their chance to qualify for Russia next year.
Colombia qualified for the world cup, while Peru reached the play-off after they shared a 1-1 draw.
Bayern Munich James Rodriguez put Colombia ahead in the 56th minute, and all hopes were lost for Peru because they were facing elimination, but Jose Paolo Guerrero stepped up to score a brilliant free kick to equalize and push his team to fifth with a draw.
Peru’s draw crumbled Chile’s dreams of appearing in Russia, who lost 3-0 in Brazil.


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