Argentina, Uruguay edge wins as South American qualifiers begin

South American qualifying for Qatar 2022 kicked-off on Thursday Wins for Uruguay and Argentina; Paraguay and Peru in action-packed draw Review all the action as it happened with FIFA.com The road to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ officially got underway in South America on Thursday. Arguably the world's most arduous and competitive of all continental journeys duly delivered, with three tightly contested matches and superstar names on the scoresheet. Luis Suarez had the honour of scoring the first goal in Qatar 2022 South American zone qualifiers. His penalty was cancelled out by Chile captain Alexis Sanchez soon after the break in Montevideo, but Uruguay snatched all three points with a dramatic Maxi Gomez winner three minutes into added time. There was similar late drama amid a second-half goal flurry in Asuncion. Substitute Angel Romero netted a double within 15 minutes for Paraguay, but Peru's Andre Carrillo scored at each end of the second period - the latter with just five minutes remaining - to ensure the Russia 2018 participants avoided defeat in their opening Qatar 2022 qualifier. In Buenos Aires, meanwhile, Lionel Messi once again grabbed the headlines as his lone early penalty proved enough for Argentina to edge victory over Ecuador. The Argentina skipper slotted home in the 13th-minute as the two-time world champions made a low-key start to their campaign at an eerily quiet Bombonera. FINAL SCORES Paraguay 2-2 Peru Uruguay 2-1 Chile Argentina 1-0 Ecuador South American Qatar 2022 qualifiers (8 October) Maximiliano Gomez of Uruguay celebrates with teammate Martín Campaña General view of the Centenario stadium Giorgian De Arrascaeta and Rodrigo Bentancur of Uruguay enter the pitch Oscar Washington Tabárez coach of Uruguay looks on Uruguay v Chile - South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022 Uruguay v Chile - South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022 Luis Suarez of Uruguay celebrates after scoring Alexis Sanchez #7 of Chile celebrates with teammates Arturo Vidal of Chile reacts during a match Maximiliano Gomez of Uruguay celebrates after scoring Nicolás Diaz of Chile reacts after suffering an injury Paraguay v Peru - South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022 Players of Paraguay gather during warmups Paraguay v Peru - South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022 Paraguay v Peru - South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022 Paraguay v Peru - South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022 Dario Lezcano of Paraguay fights for the ball with Carlos Zambrano of Peru  Jefferson Farfan of Peru attempts to score  Argentina v Ecuador - South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022 Lionel Messi of Argentina warms up  Lionel Messi of Argentina celebrates after scoring Argentina v Ecuador - South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022 Rodrigo de Paul of Argentina competes for the ball with Pervis Estupinián of Ecuado Argentina v Ecuador - South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022 Stars immediately find their range Luiz Suarez extended his Uruguay national record to 60 international goals in scoring the opener against Chile. It was also another slice of history for the record-breaker as he grabbed the maiden goal in South America's road to Qatar 2022. Lionel Messi is not one to be left behind and the Argentinian megastar did likewise in extending his national record tally to 71. The first-half penalty-spot winner against Ecuador leaves Messi having now scored in five World Cup qualifying campaigns. Despite failing to take all three points thanks to Peru's late equaliser, Paraguay will be hoping they have turned a corner. La Albirroja had lost four of their past five home World Cup qualifiers, including a hefty 4-1 defeat against Peru during the last qualifying cycle. Did you know? Paraguay have lost four of their last five home qualifiers (including that 4-1 loss to Peru); it's their worst streak ever in the competition Uruguay have never lost at home to Chile, with 21 wins and seven draws in their 28 matches Twenty of the 23 goals Chile scored in the Russia 2018 qualifiers were scored or assisted by Alexis Sanchez (seven goals, four assists), Arturo Vidal (six goals) or Eduardo Vargas (five goals) Argentina have lost only one of their l

Argentina, Uruguay edge wins as South American qualifiers begin
 Lionel Messi of Argentina celebrates after scoring
  • South American qualifying for Qatar 2022 kicked-off on Thursday
  • Wins for Uruguay and Argentina; Paraguay and Peru in action-packed draw
  • Review all the action as it happened with FIFA.com

The road to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ officially got underway in South America on Thursday.

Arguably the world's most arduous and competitive of all continental journeys duly delivered, with three tightly contested matches and superstar names on the scoresheet.

Luis Suarez had the honour of scoring the first goal in Qatar 2022 South American zone qualifiers. His penalty was cancelled out by Chile captain Alexis Sanchez soon after the break in Montevideo, but Uruguay snatched all three points with a dramatic Maxi Gomez winner three minutes into added time.

There was similar late drama amid a second-half goal flurry in Asuncion. Substitute Angel Romero netted a double within 15 minutes for Paraguay, but Peru's Andre Carrillo scored at each end of the second period - the latter with just five minutes remaining - to ensure the Russia 2018 participants avoided defeat in their opening Qatar 2022 qualifier.

In Buenos Aires, meanwhile, Lionel Messi once again grabbed the headlines as his lone early penalty proved enough for Argentina to edge victory over Ecuador. The Argentina skipper slotted home in the 13th-minute as the two-time world champions made a low-key start to their campaign at an eerily quiet Bombonera.

FINAL SCORES

Paraguay 2-2 Peru
Uruguay 2-1 Chile
Argentina 1-0 Ecuador
South American Qatar 2022 qualifiers (8 October)
Maximiliano Gomez of Uruguay celebrates with teammate Martín Campaña
General view of the Centenario stadium
Giorgian De Arrascaeta and Rodrigo Bentancur of Uruguay enter the pitch
Oscar Washington Tabárez coach of Uruguay looks on
Uruguay v Chile - South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022
Uruguay v Chile - South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022
Luis Suarez of Uruguay celebrates after scoring
Alexis Sanchez #7 of Chile celebrates with teammates
Arturo Vidal of Chile reacts during a match
Maximiliano Gomez of Uruguay celebrates after scoring
Nicolás Diaz of Chile reacts after suffering an injury
Paraguay v Peru - South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022
Players of Paraguay gather during warmups
Paraguay v Peru - South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022
Paraguay v Peru - South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022
Paraguay v Peru - South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022
Dario Lezcano of Paraguay fights for the ball with Carlos Zambrano of Peru 
Jefferson Farfan of Peru attempts to score 
Argentina v Ecuador - South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022
Lionel Messi of Argentina warms up
 Lionel Messi of Argentina celebrates after scoring
Argentina v Ecuador - South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022
Rodrigo de Paul of Argentina competes for the ball with Pervis Estupinián of Ecuado
Argentina v Ecuador - South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022

Stars immediately find their range

Luiz Suarez extended his Uruguay national record to 60 international goals in scoring the opener against Chile. It was also another slice of history for the record-breaker as he grabbed the maiden goal in South America's road to Qatar 2022.

Lionel Messi is not one to be left behind and the Argentinian megastar did likewise in extending his national record tally to 71. The first-half penalty-spot winner against Ecuador leaves Messi having now scored in five World Cup qualifying campaigns.

Despite failing to take all three points thanks to Peru's late equaliser, Paraguay will be hoping they have turned a corner. La Albirroja had lost four of their past five home World Cup qualifiers, including a hefty 4-1 defeat against Peru during the last qualifying cycle.

Did you know?

  • Paraguay have lost four of their last five home qualifiers (including that 4-1 loss to Peru); it's their worst streak ever in the competition
  • Uruguay have never lost at home to Chile, with 21 wins and seven draws in their 28 matches
  • Twenty of the 23 goals Chile scored in the Russia 2018 qualifiers were scored or assisted by Alexis Sanchez (seven goals, four assists), Arturo Vidal (six goals) or Eduardo Vargas (five goals)
  • Argentina have lost only one of their last eight matches against Ecuador, but that defeat was a shock 2-0 loss in October 2015 at the Monumental
Luis Suarez of Uruguay celebrates after scoring

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