Football: Chile move closer to qualification

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Chile thrashed Peru 4-0 in Sunday's penultimate round of South American World Cup qualifiers to emerge as the favourites to take the section's fourth World Cup place.

Uruguay are out of contention despite a 0-0 draw away to the group leaders, Argentina, who had already booked their trip to France 98 along with Colombia and Paraguay.

Bolivia saw their hopes vanish after losing 1-0 in Ecuador, who kept their chances of a first World Cup appearance alive. Ecuador need to beat Uruguay away in their last game on 16 November and hope that Chile and Peru fail to win home games against Bolivia and Paraguay respectively.

Mexico must wait to qualify from the Concacaf zone after they were held 2-2 in Canada, for whom Plymouth's Carlo Corazzin was on target.

World Cup: South America

Argentina 0 Uruguay 0

60,000

(at Estadio Monumental, Buenos Aires)

Paraguay (0) 1 Venezuela (0) 0

Torres 69 40,000

(at Estadio Defensores del Chaco, Asuncion)

Ecuador (1) 1 Bolivia (0) 0

Graziani 27

(at Estadio Modelo, Guayaquil)

Chile (1) 4 Peru (0) 0

Salas 13, 82, 90 75,000

Reyes 59

(at Estadio Nacional stadium, Santiago)

Top four qualify P W D L F A Pts

Argentina (Q) 15 8 5 2 22 12 29

Paraguay (Q) 15 9 2 4 21 13 29

Colombia (Q) 15 8 3 4 22 14 27

Chile 15 6 4 5 29 18 22

Peru 15 6 4 5 18 20 22

Ecuador 15 6 3 6 19 16 21

Bolivia 15 4 5 6 18 18 17

Uruguay 15 5 3 7 13 18 18

Venezuela 16 0 3 13 8 41 3

Remaining fixtures: 16 Nov: Argentina v Colombia; Chile v Bolivia; Peru v Paraguay; Uruguay v Ecuador.

Concacaf final round

Canada (0) 2 Mexico (1) 2

Corazzin 55 Alfaro 8 11,800

Bunbury 64 R Ramirez 75

(at Commonwealth stadium, Edmonton)

Top three qualify P W D L F A Pts

Mexico 7 4 3 0 20 4 15

Jamaica 8 3 3 2 5 10 12

United States 7 2 4 1 10 7 10

El Salvador 8 2 3 3 7 10 9

Costa Rica 8 2 2 4 7 8 8

Canada 8 1 3 4 4 14 6

Remaining fixtures: 2 Nov: Mexico v United States. 9 Nov: Canada v United States, El Salvador v Jamaica, Mexico v Costa Rica. 16 Nov: Jamaica v Mexico, Costa Rica v Canada, United States v El Salvador.

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