(ESPN.com) – Two goals by Juan Carlos Arce and another by Marcelo Moreno Martins, top scorer in the South American World Cup qualifiers, sealed the 3-0 win on Tuesday that excites Bolivia and complicates Uruguay’s budget to reach Qatar next year.
Without claw or arguments to try the comeback, the Celeste chained its fourth defeat today in the 3,640 meters of altitude of La Paz and with 16 points it was at the mercy of the Green, who now harasses him with 15 and no longer sees the possibility of fight for fifth place, which gives the right to play the repechage for a place in Qatar.
The game that opened the activity could well do without the second half, since César Farías’s team went ahead at 29 minutes and rounded the advantage at the edge of 45.
First, Arce threw a cross into the heart of the area from the left that Martins searched in vain. The ball overtook the defender and baffled goalkeeper Fernando Muslera, who arrived late to prevent him from entering the back of the net after hitting the left post.
The second goal came off a corner kick in which Martins surpassed the centrals in the jump to set his cry number 28 in his presentations with Bolivia and the ninth in the playoffs.
The top scorer was able to increase to 61 minutes his difference in the qualifying rounds over Neymar (7) and Lionel Messi (6) with the execution of a penalty that he finally dispatched over Muslera’s goal.
The host team was left with ten players at 74 due to a brutal attack on center-back Diego Godín by forward Carmelo Algarañaz, which cost him a direct red from Brazilian referee Wilton Sampaio.
And when it seemed that the game was closed, a new center crossed over the Uruguayan defense was captured by Arce, who with a dry header introduced the ball into Muslera’s door to sentence the win in the 78th minute.
On the fifteenth matchday, which will be played on January 27, Bolivia will visit Venezuela and Uruguay will visit Paraguay.