FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY - AUGUST 15: Lionel Messi of Argentina during the international friendly match between Germany and Argentina at Commerzbank-Arena on August 15, 2012 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)

CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying: Colombia Slaughter Uruguay; Argentina Win Comfortably

Uruguay put in an absolutely shocking display on Friday and were torn to shreds by Colombia. Argentina and Ecuador both recorded home wins.

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Argentina Vs. Paraguay, 2014 World Cup Qualifying: Final Score, Albiceleste Win 3-1

Argentina are top of the table in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying, thanks to Uruguay's loss on Friday, Chile's dormancy and the Albiceleste's win. They were fantastic in Cordoba against Paraguay, and came away comfortable 3-1 winners on the night.

Angel Di Maria opened the scoring just two minutes into the match with a great individual effort, completely throwing Paraguay off their counter-attacking gameplan. Incredibly, they were able to get back into the match thanks to a handball in the box by Rodrigo Braña, which gifted Paraguay a penalty. Jonathan Fabbro stepped up and converted to level the game at 1-1 in the 17th minute.

That was one of very few significant chances for Paraguay, and Argentina quickly went back to dominating the game. They reclaimed the lead 13 minutes later. with Gonzalo Higuain putting his side back on top.

Lionel Messi hit the post with a free kick shortly afterwards, but he had better luck with a similar free kick in the second half. He converted a stellar free kick goal in the 63rd minute, solidifying Argentina's lead and ensuring their victory.


Ecuador Vs. Bolivia, 2014 World Cup Qualifying: Final Score 1-0 In Dull Match

Ecuador have kept themselves in the running for a spot at the 2014 World Cup, though they did so in the most dull way possible. They had no answer for Bolivia's compact defense and midfield and lacked a striker to get on the end of anything their midfield sent into the penalty area. Fortunately for them, they won a penalty in the second half.

A 0-0 draw would have been a fair result in a boring game devoid of real scoring chances, but Ronald Raldes threw a point away for Bolivia when he brought down Luis Saritama in the box in the 70th minute. Substitute Felipe Caicedo buried the penalty to make it 1-0, and Ecuador held into that lead.

Otherwise, there wasn't much to the game, which is usually the case in Bolivia games unless Bolivia are able to score first. They played their normal negative road match and it almost paid off, but they got burned.


Colombia Vs. Uruguay, 2014 World Cup Qualifying: Final Score A 4-0 Slaughter

Colombia are suddenly looking like a massive threat to crash the party in World Cup qualifying and snatch one of the top four slots in South America. They were at their best on Friday and they laid a complete beatdown on Uruguay. All of Colombia's players were at their best while Uruguay looked sluggish in a stellar 4-0 victory for the Cafeteros.

Radamel Falcao set the tone for the match two minutes in, scoring from close range off of a cross by Camilo Zuñiga. Aldo Ramires got nothing but air on his attempt to turn in the cross, but the ball fell to Falcao, who finished calmly. Colombia dominated the first half, but couldn't score a second goal before halftime.

It didn't take long for the home side to assert their dominance and take advantage of their opponents' shortcomings in the second half. Twice in a four-minute period, James Rodriguez set up Teo Gutierrez for goals, putting Colombia 3-0 up by the 51st minute. At that point, Uruguay looked completely devastated and the match was all but over. Zuñiga added the exclamation point, scoring a brilliant goal in stoppage time.


Argentina Vs. Paraguay - Lineups

Ezequiel Lavezzi and Hugo Campagnaro start for Argentina, with Roque Santa Cruz preferred to Nelson Valdez up front for Paraguay.


Ecuador Vs. Bolivia, 2014 World Cup Qualifying: Halftime Score 0-0 As La Tri Struggle For Breakthrough

It's 0-0 in Quito as Ecuador struggle to break down a determined and disciplined Bolivian defence.


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

Argentina will expect a win at home against Paraguay on Friday.


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

Uruguay go away to Colombia, who might feel like they need to avoid a loss.

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