Chile, Ecuador book World Cup berths
A review of Tuesday's CONMEBOL and CONCACAF World Cup qualifying action.
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Chile and Ecuador booked their places in next year's World Cup in the final round of fixtures in the CONMEBOL zone.
Jorge Sampaoli's men guaranteed a third-place finish following a 2-1 win over Ecuador, who finished level on points with Uruguay but automatically qualified for Brazil by virtue of a superior goal difference.
Both teams needed just a point in Santiago but the hosts were not prepared to rest on their laurels, with Alexis Sanchez and Gary Medel scoring in quick succession in the first half which ultimately gave them victory.
Sampaoli, who had replaced Claudio Borghi in the middle of the qualifying campaign, told a media conference: "I've met a group of players with hunger for qualification to the World Cup."
"It was very tough in a past moment, but I highlight the effort of this group."
Midfielder Arturo Vidal added: "In the last games Chile showed good, more solid, football and I think we can fight for important things in the World Cup."
Although Felipe Caicedo pulled a goal back for Ecuador, they could not find an equaliser and were left waiting on Uruguay's result with Argentina to determine the final automatic qualification spot.
But Oscar Tabarez's men needed to win by five clear goals at the Estadio Centenario to move into fourth, settling for a 3-2 victory which sets up a two-legged play-off tie against Jordan.
Los Charruas will at least enter that encounter in high spirits following a morale-boosting win over an Argentina side that were missing several key players but were already guaranteed to finish top of the standings.
The hosts twice took the lead through Christian Rodriguez and Luis Suarez's penalty, only to be pulled back on both occasions by former Liverpool forward Maxi Rodriguez, before Edinson Cavani sealed victory just after half-time.
In Asuncion, a brace by veteran defender Mario Yepes gave Colombia a 2-1 win in Paraguay.
Promising winger Jorge Rojas put the Guaranies ahead early in the seventh minute with a right-footed shot that Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina failed to catch.
Colombia's task was then made harder by Freddy Guarin's dismissal just after the half hour, but Jose Pekerman's men valiantly responded in the 37th minute as Yepes headed home before tapping in the rebound in the second half after Paraguay goalkeeper Justo Villar parried a free-kick.
Paraguay end the campaign at the bottom of the standings on 12 points, with Bolivia, who drew 1-1 with Peru, just above on goal difference alone.
Yoshimar Yotun put Peru ahead in the 18th minute, but in first-half injury-time, goalkeeper Diego Penny failed to catch the ball and Diego Bejarano equalised.
Honduras clinched the third and final automatic spot from the CONCACAF qualifying zone with a 2-2 draw at rock-bottom Jamaica enough to see them through at the expense of Mexico, who qualify for a play-off tie with New Zealand.
Luis Fernando Suarez's men needed just a point in the final round of fixtures to guarantee their progress alongside the United States and Costa Rica although they were made to work hard by a home side that finished the campaign without a win.
Carlo Costly put Honduras ahead in the opening minute, only for Je-Vaughn Watson to equalise almost straight away.
Maynor Figueroa gave Honduras the lead once more with a 31st-minute free-kick that deflected off the wall but Rodolph Austin netted a penalty just before the hour mark.
The visitors held on in the final half hour to ensure their progress to Brazil 2014, the third time they have qualified for the World Cup following on from 1982 and 2010.
In the event, their result in Kingston did not matter as Mexico suffered a 2-1 defeat in Costa Rica.
Goals from Fulham striker Bryan Ruiz and Alvaro Saborio in-between Oribe Peralta's leveller ensured Costa Rica finished their campaign with a flourish as they finished behind only the USA, who hit back to defeat Panama 3-2 and help Mexico finish fourth in the standings.
Panama looked set to leap above Victor Manuel Vucetich's men and set up a play-off clash with New Zealand after taking a 2-1 lead in Panama City thanks to goals from Gabriel Torres and Luis Tejada - in-between Michael Orozco's equaliser for the USA.
However, two injury-time goals from Graham Zusi and Aron Johannsson turned the game in the visitors' favour as Mexico were given a lifeline.