With 18 months left until the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the CONMEBOL qualifying group is underway and four teams have their sights set on an automatic spot.
Unlike every other confederation, CONMEBOL’s qualification tournament for the World Cup features just one group, a format that was first brought in ahead of 1998 and still applies as nations aim for Qatar 2022. As always, the 10 nations taking place are Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Peru, Venezuela, Paraguay, Ecuador and Bolivia.
The 10 teams involved will play each other twice in a simple round-robin format, with the top four automatically qualifying for the 2022 World Cup. The fifth-placed side will be put into an inter-confederation play-off (scheduled for June 2022) against teams from the AFC, CONCACAF and OFC to fight it out for a remaining World Cup spot.
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CONMEBOL 2022 World Cup qualifying: the story so far
CONMEBOL qualifying for the 2022 World Cup started in October 2020, and nations have played four games so far, having seen the March international fixtures postponed to an as yet unconfirmed date. Once again Brazil are the early frontrunners, having won all of their opening four matches, scoring 12 and conceding just twice (in one game against Peru). In their most recent game, Brazil beat one of their qualification rivals Uruguay 2-0, with their first clash against Argentina postponed.
It is Argentina who come in at second after four games, unbeaten but with one draw and three wins, beating Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru. However, they haven’t been as deadly as Brazil, scoring just six goals. The top-scorers of qualifying so far are third-placed Ecuador, who also have three wins to accompany that solitary defeat against Argentina. Paraguay are fourth and join Argentina and Brazil as the only unbeaten teams left.
Uruguay, Colombia and Peru – three teams that qualified for the 2018 World Cup – are currently outside the automatic spots, although the former are in the play-off spot as things stand. Chile also need an upturn in results if they are to avoid back-to-back absences, but there are still 14 games left to be played so a lot can change.
CONMEBOL 2022 World Cup qualifying fixtures | Latest
Thursday, 3 June
Bolivia vs Venezuela (21:00 UK time)
Uruguay vs Paraguay (21:00 UK time)
Friday, 4 June
Argentina vs Chile (01:00 UK time)
Peru vs Colombia (01:30 UK time)
Brazil vs Ecuador (03:00 UK time)
Tuesday, 8 June
Ecuador vs Peru (22:00 UK time)
Venezuela vs Uruguay (23:00 UK time)
Wednesday, 9 June
Colombia vs Argetnina (00:00 UK time)
Paraguay vs Brazil (01:30 UK time)
Chile vs Bolivia (02:30 UK time)