World Cup holders Argentina, which includes seven-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi, lost 2-0 to visiting Uruguay, while Brazil were beaten 2-1 in Colombia in the fifth round of the 2026 World Cup in South America. Qualifiers are on Thursday.
The Uruguay national team, which played wonderfully throughout the match, won in Buenos Aires with two goals scored by Ronald Araujo and Darwin Nunez at the leaders’ stadium, and rose to second place. For the Argentines, their four-game winning streak has come to an end.
“We did not feel comfortable for a single moment in this match Messi began his assessment. – Uruguay is a physical team and their team play is very good. “It’s always like that against them.”
Al-Ittihad captain Luis Scaloni, like his star, believed that the Uruguay team played better than his team, adding at the same time: The World Cup title is not a guarantee of success. “No one can think that just because we are world champions, we will never lose again. We are not immune, I have said this before and I will say it again.” The specialist said.
However, five-time world champions Brazil were eliminated for the second time in a row, without a win in three matches, and dropped to fifth place, despite an excellent start in Barranquilla. Gabriel Martinelli took the lead in the fourth minute, but Luis Diaz – Dominik Szoboszlai’s Liverpool teammate – doubled the lead in the 75th and 79th minutes. The striker played again with the Colombian national team after he was able to meet his parents, who were kidnapped at the end of October, at the beginning of the week. The footballer’s mother was released within hours, but his father was only released last Thursday by the Marxist organization the National Liberation Army (ELN).
Thanks to their success, the Colombians rose to third place, and the Venezuelans even overtook the Brazilians when they drew 0-0 with Ecuador.
Bolivia, which has no points so far, beat Peru 2-0, moving the latter to tenth place.
Fifth round results:
Argentina – Uruguay 0-2 (0-1)
Colombia – Brazil 2-1 (0-1)
Chile – Paraguay 0-0
Bolivia-Peru 2-0 (1-0)
Venezuela – Ecuador 0-0
1. Argentina 12 points
2. Uruguay 10
3. Colombia 9
4. Venezuela 8
5. Brazil 7
6. Ecuador 5 (4-3)
7. Paraguay 5 (1-2)
8. Chile 5 (3-6)
9. Bolivia 3
10. Peru 1
Based on the decision of the International Federation, the Ecuadorians started with a minus of three points because they had previously falsified the date of birth of their Colombian defender, Byron Castillo.
Six of the ten teams from the South American continent qualify directly to the World Cup, and the seventh can compete in alternative qualifiers between the continents. The United States, Canada and Mexico are scheduled to host the 48-team World Cup within three years.
The joy of Luis Diaz’s goal in the match between Colombia and Brazil in the World Cup qualifiers (Photo: EPA/Mauricio Duenas Castaneda)