With just under one year left until the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the CONMEBOL qualifying group is in full swing 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 we’re over halfway through the campaign now, with some nations close to securing their spot in Qatar. Brazil are the runaway leaders at the top of the group having dropped just two points from their opening 11 matches, winning 10. They go into this international break knowing they can guarantee qualification within their next two matches, and could even do so after one if other results go their way. But Brazil have a big game in November, going up against second-placed Argentina (whom they still need to face twice).
Like Brazil, Argentina are also unbeaten in World Cup qualifying this season, though they have won seven and drawn four of their opening 11 matches. Despite being six points behind Brazil, Argentina are comfortable in qualifying and only a monumental crumble would see them fail to qualify, with eight points separating them and third-placed Ecuador. Colombia currently occupy the final automatic qualifying spot, though they are only ahead of Uruguay in the inter-confederation play-off place on goal difference.
Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay and Peru are all lurking around Uruguay, separated by just a handful of points while Venezuela already look cut adrift at the bottom of the group. But there are still six games to play, or in Brazil and Argentina’s cases, seven, so things can change.
CONMEBOL 2022 World Cup qualifying fixtures | Latest
Thursday, 11 November
Ecuador vs Venezuela (21:00 UK time)
Paraguay vs Chile (23:00 UK time)
Friday, 12 November
Brazil vs Colombia (00:30 UK time)
Peru vs Bolivia (02:00 UK time)
Uruguay vs Argentina (23:00 UK time)
Tuesday, 16 November
Bolivia vs Uruguay (20:00 UK time)
Venezuela vs Peru (21:00 UK time)
Colombia vs Paraguay (23:00 UK time)
Argentina vs Brazil (23:30 UK time)
Wednesday, 17 November
Chile vs Ecuador (00:15 UK time)