Lionel Messi #10 of Argentina reacts after a failed scoring attempt during the first half of a friendly match against the United States. Messi struggled against Venezuela in a CONMEBOL World Cup 2014 qualifying match on Tuesday, October 11, 2011.

CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying 2014: Argentina Fall To Venezuela

For the first time in history, Venezuela have defeated Argentina. The Albiceleste were poor and the Venezuelans fully deserved to take all three points in Caracas.

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Venezuela Vs. Argentina, CONMEBOL World Cup 2014 Qualifying: Full Time, Venezuela Snatch Famous Win In Caracas

For the first time in history, Venezuela have defeated Argentina, snatching a 1-0 win in World Cup 2014 qualifying in Caracas. Fernando Amorebieta, a Venezuelan-born and Basque-raised central defender, scored the winner on a set piece in just his second appearance for his native country. Argentina were poor on the night, with only goalkeeper Mariano Andujar playing up to the Albiceleste's high standards, and Venezuela could have easily won by more than one goal.

The goal came in the 61st minute for the Athletic Bilbao star, with Juan Arango of Borussia Mönchengladbach assisting on a corner kick. Arango was brilliant on the night, and created a number of scoring chances for himself and others both from open play and set pieces. Andujar made a couple of brilliant second half saves to deny him a goal, keeping Argentina's hopes at points alive for the entire match.

Lionel Messi was not at his best, while slightly harsher words are probably deserved for those around him. Gonzalo Higuain looked nothing like the player who scored a hat trick against Chile, while both Angel di Maria and Jose Ernesto Sosa were poor on the night. Ever Banega and Javier Pastore came into the game late to try and inject some creativity, but neither was able to make a serious impact.

For Argentina manager Alejandro Sabella, it's back to the drawing board. Martin Demichelis hasn't looked like a national team player in years, and his place in the starting lineup was suspect. Jose Ernesto Torres didn't look like a national team player either, and 21-year-old Marcos Rojo doesn't look like he's up to this level of competition at this point in his career.


Paraguay Vs. Uruguay, CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying 2014: Full Time, Paraguay Steal Point At The Death

Paraguay and Uruguay followed the script perfectly for 92 minutes. In the first half, Paraguay sat back while Uruguay attacked, but cautiously. The visitors were the better team, but failed to break down their hosts. They were slightly more aggressive in the second half, and finally found their goal in the 67th minute. That should have been the only goal of the match, but Paraguay decided to deviate from the script in stoppage time. 

On a set piece, Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera flapped aimlessly at the ball, allowing Richard Ortiz to score a 93rd minute equalizer from inside the six-yard box. Paraguay now have one point from two matches in World Cup qualifying, and it's probably one point more than they deserve.

Uruguay's goal was an absolutely brilliant one. Luis Suarez weaved through two defenders in the box before providing a perfect pass for Diego Forlan to tap in at the far post, but it wasn't enough in the end. Paraguay played for a draw from the start, and they managed to achieve the desired result at the death.


Chile Vs. Peru, CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying: Entertaining Game Ends 4-2 To Chile

Chile vs. Peru at the Estadio Monumental was always going to be an absolute blast of a football match, and the two teams failed to disappoint in an enthralling 4-2 win for the hosts, who went up 2-0 early and then 3-0 shortly afterwards only to be pegged back by a fairly enterprising Peru, who gave the Alexis Sanchez-less favourites a torrid time in the second half in particular.

Chile are known for their exciting, expansive play, so naturally they took a first minute lead on a set piece, defender Walder Ponce nodding a corner kick past Raul Fernandez for a 1-0 lead. Fifteen minutes later, a tap in by Juan Vargas made it 2-0, and although Peru threatened intermittently (and hit the woodwork twice) they couldn't make the breakthrough before the half ended. Chile once again earned an early goal after the teams came back out with Gary Medel scoring a long-range effort two minutes after the interval, but this time the visitors responded, cutting the lead back to two via Claudio Pizarro.

A neat Jefferson Farfan header made it 3-2 and the game even more interesting, but that state of affairs lasted approximately four nanoseconds before Fernandez clattered Jorge Valdivia in the box, leaving Humberto Suazo to slot home the penalty to reestablish a two-goal cushion. Despite several decent chances for both teams afterwards, including a William Chiroque effort that rattled Claudio Bravo's crossbar as the clock ticked over into injury time, the game would remain 4-2 and Chile would emerge with three vital points. Excellent game.


Paraguay Vs. Uruguay Live, CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying 2014: Lineups

Paraguay and Uruguay met in the Copa America final and I think everyone can agree that the more likeable* team (hint: they start with U) won. This time... well, Uruguay are probably still going to fling the ball forward towards their fearsome attack, and Paraguay are probably going to waste their talent by putting ten men behind the ball at all times. WHY WON'T YOU GO FORWARD, PARAGUAY. WHY.

*Yes, even with Luis Suarez.

Paraguay (4-4-2): Diego Barreto; Diego Veron, Carlos Bonet, Paulo da Silva, Richard Ortiz; Cristian Riveros, Edgar Barreto, Victor Caceres, Marcelo Estigarribia; Oscar Cardozo, Nelson Valdez.

Substitutes: Antony Silva, Mario Villasanti, Luis Cardozo, Miguel Samudio, Ivan Piris, Wilson Pittoni, Hernan Perez, Marcos Melgarejo, Fidencio Oviedo, Roque Santa Cruz, Luis Caballero, Robin Ramirez.

Uruguay (4-3-3): Fernando Muslera; Jose Caceres; Diego Lugano, Diego Godin, Maxi Pereira; Alvaro Pereira, Diego Perez, Egidio Arevalo; Diego Forlan, Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez.

Substitutes: Juan Castillo, Martin Silva, Jorge Fucille, Andres Scotti, Sebastian Coates, Sebastian Vazquez, Cristian Gabriel Rodriguez, Walter Gargano, Alvaro Gonzalez, Gaston Ramirez, Sebastian Abreu, Abel Hernandez.


Chile Vs. Peru Live, CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying 2014: Lineups

In a re-hashing of their 2011 Copa America encounter, Chile and Peru face off in the second round of World Cup 2014 qualifying in CONMEBOL. Both teams played in the first matchday, and they secured very different results. Chile were poor away from home against Argentina, while Peru were very impressive at home against Paraguay. The tables will likely be turned on Tuesday with Chile playing at home, but Peru has proven in 2011 that they are no longer bottom feeders in South America. Here are the lineups.

Chile lineup (3-5-2): Bravo; Ponce, Gonzalez, Jara; Isla, Medel, Vidal, Beausejour, Valdivia; Vargas, Suazo

Peru lineup (4-4-2): Fernandez; Revoredo, Rodríguez, Acasiete, Yotun; Balbin, Cruzado, Farfán, Vargas; Guerrero, Pizarro

This could turn into a serious tactical chess match, as both of these teams have some extremely versatile players. Because of the presence of players like Gary Medel, Arturo Vidal and Mauricio Isla, Chile can switch to a 4-3-3, 4-4-2, or 3-4-3 whenever they wish. Peru can also switch their lineup to a 4-3-3 by moving Jefferson Farfan up the pitch and Paolo Guerrero into a wide position. 

Kickoff is at 6:45 pm ET.


Bolivia Vs. Colombia, CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying 2014: Full Time, Radamel Falcao Nets Stoppage Time Winner

Colombia didn't make it easy on themselves, but they've started CONMEBOL World Cup 2014 qualifying with three points, thanks to a massive stoppage time winner by Radamel Falcao. Leonel Alvarez opted to rest his superstar, instead opting for Teofilo Gutierrez up top, but the Racing Club man was wasteful in front of net. Falcao replaced Gutierrez in the 78th minute and eventually bailed his manager out of his decision, scoring the winner in a 2-1 Colombia victory.

The first half ended 0-0, though Colombia probably had the better of the play. Still, they didn't look as dominant as many felt they should, and much more was expected of them in the second half. It didn't take long for them to deliver, as Dorlan Pabon scored a brilliant opening goal on a counter attack, rounding the keeper and chipping the ball into the back of the net. Bolivia's defense was in shambles, giving him all kinds of space.

Bolivia continued to fight and look for an equalizer even as Colombia were creating (and regularly missing) chances, and they found a deserved goal in the 84th minute. Walter Flores was the man who finished it, scoring an absolute stunner that looked like it was going to give Bolivia a point.

However, Falcao dashed those hopes, scoring in the 93rd minute to give his team the win. Vasquez was eventually bailed out of his decision to leave Falcao on the bench until the end of the match, but the Cafeteros probably received enough of a scare that he'll know better than to bench his best players in the future.


Bolivia Vs. Colombia Live, CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying 2014: Lineups

Following their off day in Matchday 1, Colombia starts their CONMEBOL World Cup 2014 qualifying campaign away to Bolivia, in La Paz. Bolivia lost their opening fixture of qualifying against Uruguay, but are always formidable at home. Colombia manager Leonel Alvarez isn't convinced, as he's decided not to risk his superstar Radamel Falcao. Teofilo Gutierrez will start up top, with Mexican Primera duo Jackson Martinez and Dayro Moreno left out as well. Here are the lineups.

Colombia lineup (4-5-1): Ospina; Zuñiga , Mosquera, Perea, Armero; Sánchez, Rodríguez, Aguilar, Guarín, Pabón; Gutiérrez

Bolivia lineup (4-4-2): Vaca; Álvarez, Raldes, Rivero, Gutiérrez; Robles, Flores, Cardozo, Escobar; Arce, Martins

Colombia's lineup is a very attacking one that could very easily morph into more of a 4-3-3 with James Rodriguez and Dorlan Pabon playing high up the pitch. James and Fredy Guarin will be their team's key creative outlets. Bolivia will rely heavily on Shakhtar Donetsk striker Marcelo Martins.

The game kicks off at 4:00 pm ET.

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