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Argentina and Brazil followed suit, Ecuador let it go and Uruguay celebrated late

Brazil were unharmed, Argentina gained an early lead but reacted, Ecuador missed a golden opportunity and Uruguay missed to score late on and went home early. The first round of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar left mixed feelings for South American teams looking to end 20 years of European domination. Indeed, the ‘Old Continent’ has captured the World Cup since 2002, when Rivaldo and Ronaldo’s Brazil won the championship five times, South Korea and Japan. And that is, since Germany-2006, only Argentina in 2014 managed to reach the final of the tournament played in Brazil, but lost 1-0 in extra time against Germany at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro. In that span of four World Cups, only European teams won the title, and even Germany-2006 and Russia-2018 did not have representatives from a UEFA zone that was not already in the semi-finals. This streak changed the balance and now South America leads in world titles with 12 wins against Europe 9. – A South American giant in the finals? Going by logic, the giants of the region, Brazil and Argentina, will meet in the semi-finals in a Superclassic that will set the world on edge, and then one of them will advance to the final and aspire to bring the cup back to South America. La Canarinha met predictions and won Group G to advance despite losing 1–0 to Cameroon on the last day, a game they faced with most of the substitutes. Brazil had already secured their ticket on the second day, when they beat Switzerland 1–0 with a goal from one of their winners, Casemiro. In the premiership they won a hard-fought 2–0 win against Serbia, a match in which Neymar was injured, missing the latter two fixtures. Tite’s team will take on South Korea on Monday in the Round of 16. On the other hand, the first round for Argentina was not the smooth sailing everyone expected. La Albiceleste suffered a severe blow in their debut against Saudi Arabia, shocking the world by beating them 2–1 and snapping a 36-game unbeaten streak from Italy’s all-time record. Messi said after the painful and surprising defeat, “Calm down. It’s a very difficult blow, a defeat that hurts, but we have to believe in ourselves. This group will not let them down.” La Pulga put Albiceleste on the shoulder when he needed him most: scoring in the opening game against Mexico with a corner kick from outside the area in the 64th minute to give Argentina a breather in Qatar Got permission to take Against Poland, although Messi missed a penalty – goalkeeper Wojciech Szczecny saved it – Albiceleste turned the tide and arguably won 2–0, finishing first in Group D. On Saturday, in the round of 16, there is a theoretically accessible opponent, Australia. – Ecuador let it pass – The young Ecuadorian team had a pass for the last 16 within reach, but they missed the chance. After beating Qatar 2-0 in the opening game of the World Cup, La Trie had the Netherlands on the ropes in their second appearance, especially in the second half, but a draw (1-1) forced them to settle for his last game. There it was overtaken by Senegal, who beat it 2–1 and were knocked out. His DT, Gustavo Alfaro of Argentina, who did not confirm after the elimination whether he would continue to lead the team, said that the tricolor was abandoned because of those “small details that make a big difference”. “We lacked experience, the kind that allows you to manage the timing of matches”, summed up Alfaro, who was equally convinced by this group of players, “a very young generation gaining experience”. that will serve him in the future.” – Uruguay paid for their lack of goals – La Celeste faced a tough elimination on Friday due to the criteria of scoring the most goals, giving South Korea the advantage, with whom they are tied on 4 points and with equal round spacing. Uruguay, who had not missed the first round for twenty years and had reached the quarter-finals in Russia-2018, beat Ghana 2–0 on the last day and when it seemed they were going through to the round of last 16, South Korea won 2–1 in the penalty shootout against Portugal and retained their second round of the series ticket. But Uruguay squandered their chances in their first match against South Korea (0–0) and then against Portugal, which they lost 2–0. The lack of goals in the first two games cost the Bills dearly. Recently against Ghana, and under the pressure of the circumstances – only victory served them – coach Diego Alonso selected a more attacking team and brought in the talented Giorgio de Aracheta. On the 10th for Flamengo, he scored both goals against the Africans, giving his team hopes of qualifying for almost the entire game, until Uruguay were sent home sooner than expected. ma/dr

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