Paraguay and Ecuador registered admirable results in Argentina and Bolivia to hike their hopes of reaching the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.
Angel Romero dispatched a penalty superbly won by Miguel Almiron to put La Albirroja ahead at La Bombonera, and although Nicolas Gonzalez equalised just before the break, La Albiceleste, who had a Lionel Messi goal disallowed thereafter, were unable to find a winner. The draw left Paraguay on five points from three games, and ended Argentina’s 100-per-cent record in the South American preliminaries.
Earlier, Ecuador came from behind to eke out a thrilling 3-2 victory in Bolivia, with Carlos Gruezo’s late penalty determining the outcome. La Tri marched on to six points from a possible nine in Qatar 2022 qualifying and left their hosts pointless. Encouragingly for Ecuador, they have already played regional powerhouses Argentina and Uruguay, while two of their three games have been away.