Argentina Pull Clear of Brazil; Chile Defeats Paraguay

Published June 30th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Argentina, thanks to a 3-1 win over Colombia Thursday at Montevideo, have tightened their grip on the South American Zone World Cup qualifying group. 

The 1986 World Cup winners head the table on a maximum 12 points after four games, well clear of arch rivals Brazil, who only mustered a 1-1 draw at home to third-placed Uruguay on Wednesday, with eight. 

Argentina had their talismanic striker Gabriele Batistuta largely to thank for their unblemished qualifying record so far with the newly signed AS Roma player netting a first half double against Colombia. 

Hernan Crespo wrapped up the win in the last quarter of an hour. 

The next round in this zone is July 18 and 19 with Argentina up against Ecuador and Brazil traveling to Paraguay. 

The first four qualifiers go through to the World Cup finals in Korea and Japan, with the fifth side entering a play-off with the winner of the Oceania group. 

 

CHILE GAINS FOUR POINTS AFTER DEFEATING PARAGUAY 

 

Chile moved onto four points after four games, while Paraguay stayed on six, as the Chileans had a victorious 3-1 win over Paraguay in their South American World Cup qualifier Thursday. 

Chilean striker Marcelo Salas scored in the 38th minute and Paraguay scored their first goal in the 71st minute when Jose Cardozo scored four minutes after coming on as a substitute. 

Salas and Paraguay's Delio Toledo were sent off for fighting after a savage kicking match on the touchline in the 73rd minute and Chile’s Ivan Zamorano fired a penalty kick in the 78th minute when Villaroel dribbled into the penalty area, then fell over – (Several Sources) 

 

 

 

 

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