With Brazil and Argentina escaped to the front of the classification, the South American qualifiers for the Qatar 2022 World Cup they were lit with the second wind that took some selections that until a few weeks ago seemed eliminated. Find out how and when to watch the October 2021 matches.
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With one game less, Brazil and Argentina remain firm in the forward positions. If there is no surprise of proportions, they are the only countries that seem to have secured a place for the next World Cup. At the low end, Peru, Chile, Bolivia and Venezuela hope to stay in the race.
The South American qualifying rounds of Qatar 2022 bring together the 10 teams affiliated with Conmebol (South American Football Confederation), who face each other in a league format of all against all in round-trip matches (home and away) spread over 18 dates.
The first four teams qualify directly for the World Cup, while the one that finishes in fifth position must play a playoff against a country from another confederation (which has not yet been defined).
Two games played on the triple date of October 2021, this is how the classification went:
- Brazil 28 points
- Argentina 22 points
- Ecuador 16 points
- Uruguay 16 points
- Colombia 15 points
- Paraguay 12 points
- Peru 11 points
- Chile 10 points
- Bolivia 9 points
- Venezuela 7 points
The league-like format has been used uninterruptedly since the 1998 World Cup qualifiers in France and replaced the group systems that had been used – with some variations depending on the number of participants – since the 1954 Swiss qualifiers.
The October 2021 program includes the matches corresponding to the eleventh and twelfth rounds of the qualifiers, in addition to the matches of the fifth date, which was to be played in March 2021 but was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
|Thursday, October 7|
|Paraguay – Argentina||0-0||Asuncion, Paraguay|
|Uruguay – Colombia||0-0||Montevideo, Uruguay|
|Venezuela – Brazil||1-3||Caracas Venezuela|
|Ecuador – Bolivia||3-0||Guayaquil, Ecuador|
|Peru – Chile||2-0||Lima Peru|
|Sunday October 10|
|Bolivia – Peru||1-0||La Paz, Bolivia|
|Venezuela – Ecuador||2-1||Caracas Venezuela|
|Colombia – Brazil||0-0||Barranquilla, Colombia|
|Argentina – Uruguay||3-0||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Chile – Paraguay||2-0||Santiago, Chile|
|Thursday October 14|
|Game||Local time||Hour ET||Time PT||Place|
|Bolivia – Paraguay||16:00||16:00||13:00||La Paz, Bolivia|
|Colombia – Ecuador||16:00||17:00||14:00||Barranquilla, Colombia|
|Argentina – Peru||20:30||19:30||16:30||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Chile – Venezuela||21:00||20:00||17:00||Santiago, Chile|
|Brazil – Uruguay||21:30||20:30||17:30||Manaus, Brazil|
The chances of watching the South American qualifiers will depend on the rights assigned for each game, which are mostly in the hands of traditional television channels and their online streaming platforms.
Either way, there are some options to follow some of the matches on the platforms of streaming. In the United States, for example, FuboTV acquired the rights to broadcast all the South American qualifying games.
Next, we detail the channels that have rights to broadcast the games in each of the countries of the region:
|Argentina||TyC Sports, Public TV / TyC Sports Play (streaming)|
|Chile||Chilevision, TNT Sports HD / TNT Sports Stadium, Clear Video (streaming)|
|Colombia||snail / Caracol Play (streaming)|
|Ecuador||The Soccer Channel, DirecTV / ECDF YouTubee|
|Spain||Movistar Champions League 1, #Let’s go / Movistar + (streaming)|
|Mexico||Sky HD / Blue To Go (streaming)|
|Peru||America TV, Movistar Sports|
|Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras||Sky HD|
|Venezuela||Direct TV Sport|
Brazil is not only the country that has won the most World Cups (5), but it is also the only team that has participated in the 21 World Cups played until Russia 2018. Further back are Argentina, with 17 participations, and Uruguay, with 13.
The three teams are the only ones that participated in the last three World Cups (Russia 2018, Brazil 2014 and South Africa 2010).
At the other extreme are Bolivia and Ecuador, with three participations, and Venezuela, which has never achieved a place for a soccer World Cup.
|Brazil||21||1930, 1934, 1938, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018.|
|Argentina||17||1930, 1934, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018.|
|Uruguay||13||1930, 1950, 1954, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1986, 1990, 2002, 2010, 2014, 2018.|
|Chile||9||1930, 1950, 1962, 1966, 1974, 1982, 1998, 2010, 2014.|
|Paraguay||8||1930, 1950, 1958, 1986, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010.|
|Colombia||6||1962, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2014, 2018.|
|Peru||5||1930, 1970, 1978, 1982, 2018.|
|Bolivia||3||1930, 1950, 1994.|
|Ecuador||3||2002, 2006, 2014.|