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CONMEBOL Qualifying Wrap

A brace from Radamel Falcao saw Colombia come from three goals down to draw 3-3 against a ten-man Chile side in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier on Friday and subsequently book their place in the biggest football tournament in the world.

The draw saw Colombia to 27 points on the qualification standings and assured a spot in Brazil next year alongside Argentina, who had already qualified.

Unfortunately for Chile they will now have to wait until the last round of matches to learn their fate.

Elsewhere in CONMEBOL qualifying, striker Jefferson Montero scored in the first half to give Ecuador a 1-0 home win over Uruguay which edges them within a point of automatic qualification to the World Cup.

The result lifted Ecuador to third in the South American group, equal on points with Chile, but with a superior goal difference and three points ahead of Uruguay.

Venezuela's chances of going to Brazil were ended as they drew 1-1 in Paraguay in their final qualifier.

Argentina, lacking four key players including Lionel Messi, ran out 3-1 winners in their insignificant qualifier against Peru thanks in large part to two first half goals from striker Ezequiel Lavezzi.

In conclusion, with Argentina and Colombia having qualified, three teams in the form of Chile, Ecuador and Uruguay are vying for the two remaining automatic tickets to Brazil with the team finishing in fifth after Tuesday's final round of qualifying matches set to take part in a playoff against Jordan for the last spot.

Currently, Ecuador and Chile are on 25 points while Uruguay are on 22 points on the qualification standings.

Uruguay need a high-scoring win over Argentina in their last qualifier and will hope Chile and Ecuador don’t play to a draw.

By Soccer Laduma

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