Uruguay consigned to playoffs
Posted Thursday, October 17 2013 at 01:00
London- Chile beat Ecuador 2-1 in their closing South American qualifier in Santiago on Tuesday as both went through automatically to the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.
The result consigned Uruguay, despite beating group winners Argentina 3-2 in Montevideo, to a play-off against Jordan next month for one more berth in the finals.
Alexis Sánchez and Gary Medel scored in the first-half for Chile with Felipe Caicedo pulling one back for the Ecuadoreans. Uruguay, who also hit the woodwork twice in a fast-paced Rio de La Plata clasico, caught Ecuador on 25 points but remained in fifth place on goal difference.
Argentina, Colombia, Chile and Ecuador occupied the top four automatic qualifying places in the nine-nation group with Uruguay going into the intercontinental playoff next month.
They will face Asian qualifiers Jordan over two legs in their fourth consecutive play-off, having taken that route to the 2002 and 2010 finals and being eliminated by Australia at the same stage in the qualifiers for the 2006 finals.
Midfielder Cristian Rodríguez, striker Luis Suárez with a penalty and Edinson Cavani scored for Uruguay with Maxi Rodríguez, Argentina captain in the absence of the injured Lionel Messi, replying twice.