Brazil, Argentina Get Shocking Upset In First World Cup Qualifiers
South American big team, Argentina and Brazil, lost in their opening World Cup qualifiers on Thursday for Russia 2018.
Argentina, playing without star striker Lionel Messi, were surprisingly beaten 2-0 at home against Ecuador.
Frickson Erazo got Ecuador’s first goal after 80 minutes and Felipe Caicedo doubled their lead when he finished off a quick counter attack just a minute later.
To compound Argentina’s misery, Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero limped off injured midway through the first half and will miss next Tuesday’s match away to Paraguay.
Things were no better for five-time World Cup champions Brazil, who went to Chile looking to rebuild their reputation after being hammered 7-1 by eventual winners Germany in last year’s semi-final.
However, coach Dunga’s side could not match the relentless running of a Chilean team that had the momentum with them after winning the Copa America in July.
Hoffenheim striker Eduardo Vargas volleyed home a cross in 72 minutes to put the home side ahead and then Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez got a second from close in with a minute remaining.
Uruguay overcame the thin air at high altitude to beat Bolivia for the first time in 10 qualifiers in La Paz.
Defenders Martin Caceres and Diego Godin scored for Uruguay in the absence of suspended strikers Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, while the frustrated Bolivians had Jair Torrico sent off after 71 minutes.
Colombia, meanwhile, beat Peru in temperatures of 35 degrees Celsius and high humidity in Barranquilla.
Teofilo Gutierrez scored from a 36th minute header following a corner for 2014 World Cup quarter-finalists Colombia, who were without injured playmaker James Rodriguez.
Peru striker Paolo Guerrero hit the post early in the second half and Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina brilliantly saved Christian Cueva’s free kick before substitute Edwin Cardona scored the second goal in added time.
The qualifiers continue next Tuesday, with Argentina away at Paraguay, Brazil at home to Venezuela and Ecuador looking to build on their great start at home to Bolivia.
Uruguay take on Colombia in Montevideo and Peru host Chile.