Edinson Cavani of Uruguay, who play Ecuador in CONMEBOL 2014 World Cup Qualifying on September 11, 2012. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Colombia Win In Santiago; Uruguay Draw Ecuador

Colombia were excellent again on Tuesday and they claimed a crucial away win in Chile. In the second game of the day, Uruguay drew Ecuador. Argentina play the late game.

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Peru Vs. Argentina, 2014 World Cup Qualifying: Final Score 1-1, Spoils Shared In Lima

Normally, the standard footballing syntax for Argentina failing to beat Peru would go 'Enterprising Peru hold Argentina to draw' or something vaguely equivalent, but that sort of language would be doing the hosts a grave disservice here. For it was Peru who were on top and failed to beat their guests despite every opportunity to do so.

It started in the second minute, when Angel di Maria clattered Jefferson Farfan in the penalty box. Claudio Pizarro had a golden opportunity to put Peru in front, but spurned it, hitting a weak spot kick low and to the right and allowing Sergio Romero to save. That didn't prevent the hosts from grabbing the lead in the 21st minute, with Carlos Zambrano finishing coolly after a well-worked free kick.

Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain grabbed an equaliser from more or less nothing, hammering home a cross from Ezequiel Lavezzi to ensure that Argentina would go into the break on level terms, but it was Peru who came closest to earning a winner when Luis Ramirez hit the post on a fast break.

Peru were clearly the better side, especially after Fernando Gago was forced off when the Valencia midfielder took a nasty-looking hit shortly after the interval, but they weren't able to convert their superiority into another goal, and ultimately the shares were spoiled. It's a great result for the hosts on paper, but they really could have won today. As for Argentina... well, it's probably best not to talk about it.

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Paraguay Vs. Venezuela, 2014 World Cup Qualifying: Final Score, Visitors Win 2-0

Perhaps there isn't an elite group of five teams on top of CONMEBOL after all? Venezuela made an excellent case for their potential place in the World Cup on Tuesday, making the most of their chances in Asuncion. The hosts were beaten up by Jose Solomon Rondon, and they're all but out of the running to make the finals after Venezuela's 2-0 road win.

The match was scoreless until the very end of the first half, when Rondon struck to stun the hosts just before the halftime whistle. Cesar Gonzalez played him in behind the defense and Rondon finished calmly, putting his side ahead. Up until that goal, Paraguay had looked like the better side and were unlucky not to be ahead. Venezuela goalkeeper Daniel Hernandez was brilliant in the first half, and gave his side the chance to take the lead.

While Paraguay were the better side in the first half, the second half was a more even affair. Justo Villar absolutely gifted Rondon his brace, spilling a free kick to give Rondon a tap-in finish. It was hardly a spectacular performance from start to finish for Venezuela, but Rondon had more quality in his boots than anyone up top for Paraguay, and that was the difference.

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Uruguay Vs. Ecuador, 2014 World Cup Qualifying: Final Score 1-1, Disappointing Draw For Home Side

Uruguay are still in automatic qualifying places in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying, but they've produced their second consecutive disappointing result during this international break. Many expected them to follow up their terrible 4-0 loss to Colombia with a home victory on Tuesday, but they could only manage a 1-1 draw against Ecuador.

The visitors were gifted a lead just seven minutes into the match. Diego Lugano, whose age has caught up with him quickly, was caught a step behind Felipe Caicedo and hacked down the Ecuadorian striker in the penalty area. Caicedo stepped up and scored the spot kick to give his side a shock lead.

For most of the game, the sides were evenly matched, though Uruguay had the slightly better of the play. It took them until the 66th minute to turn that into anything positive, with Edinson Cavani converting his side's only goal, cleaning up after a bit of a scramble in the box.

Just before that goal, there was a controversial yellow card shown to Ecuador striker 'Chucho' Cristian Benitez for diving in the box, when it looked like he might have won a penalty. The replays were inconclusive, but even if Benitez was contacted, he went down very easily.

In stoppage time, Ecuadorian winger Antonio Valencia was shown a second yellow card and sent off for a foul on Diego Godin. While it had no impact on the match, his suspension will seriously hurt Ecuador in their next match.

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Chile Vs. Colombia, 2014 World Cup Qualifying: Final Score 3-1 To Brilliant Cafeteros

Colombia were given a bit of a gift in their World Cup qualifier by referee Victor Carillo, but they still earned all three points in Chile on Tuesday afternoon. They were stunned by a great goal by 10-man Chile late in the first half, but the second half completely belonged to them in a 3-1 victory.

The red card came out in the 34th minute, when Gary Medel and Luis Perea got into a shoving match. Perea took a dive and the referee decided to send off Medel after consulting with his assistant, even though both players were equally complicit in the altercation.

Chile still pushed forward with 10 men and surprisingly went ahead on a brilliant 41st minute strike by Matias Fernandez. He fired his team into the lead with a great goal from 25 yards out, taken after the ball deflected out towards him from the Colombia penalty area.

Instead of attempting to sit on his lead, Chile, and then subsequently, a potential draw, Claudio Borghi elected to make very aggressive subs. They didn't pay off. James Rodriguez equalized for Colombia with a great free kick in the 58th minute and Borghi responded by bringing on forward Junior Fernandez for wing back Mauricio Isla. He also pulled Humberto Suazo for Sebastian Pinto, making a striker-for-striker change. Those substitutions would backfire immensely.

In the 73rd minute, Radamel Falcao fired Colombia into the lead. Aldo Ramirez played him in with a long ball and he held off his defender expertly before finishing past Claudio Bravo. Three minutes later, he set up Teofilo Gutierrez for Colombia's third and clinching goal.

At that point, Jose Peckerman made a couple of defensive substitutions and Colombia saw the game out without too much incident, grabbing a massive away win that significantly increases their chances of qualifying for the World Cup.

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Chile Vs. Colombia, 2014 World Cup Qualifying: Lineups

Chile are not deviating from their regular attack-minded lineup in light of what happened to a similar Uruguay setup against Colombia on Friday, while the Cafeteros are also not switching away from their two-striker setup and hope that their success against Uruguay's back three was no fluke. Expect plenty of open space and fast play in the World Cup qualifying match between the two sides. Chile have been great at home lately, and will like their chances of producing a much better result against Colombia than Uruguay did.

Chile Lineup (3-4-3): Bravo; González, Vidal, Jara; Isla, Medel, Díaz, Mena; Fernández, Suazo, Sanchez

Colombia Lineup (4-4-2): Ospina; Zúñiga, Perea, Yepes, Armero; Valencia, Aguilar, Torres, James; Teo, Falcao

Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. ET from Santiago, Chile. You can catch the match on beIN Sport in the United States.

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Peru Vs. Argentina, 2014 World Cup Qualifying: Game Time And TV Schedule

Argentina look to continue their hot streak in qualifying when they go away to Peru.

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Paraguay Vs. Venezuela, 2014 World Cup Qualifying: Game Time And TV Schedule

Paraguay and Venezuela need to get points off each other if either one of them plans on challenging South America's elite for a spot in the World Cup.

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Uruguay Vs. Ecuador, 2014 World Cup Qualifying: Game Time And TV Schedule

Uruguay will be expecting a win in the return of Luis Suarez on Tuesday against Ecuador.

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Chile Vs. Colombia, 2014 World Cup Qualifying: Game Time And TV Schedule

Can Teo, James and Falcao bring the same energy to their match in Santiago as they did in Colombia on Friday? Chile will hope they don't.

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