Substitute Maxi Gomez scored in damage time to present Uruguay a 2-1 win over Chile on Thursday and get the home aspect off to a victorious begin in its opening World Cup qualifying match for Qatar 2022.
Uruguay took the lead six minutes earlier than half time when Luis Suarez scored a penalty awarded after handball and with the help of the video assistant referee (VAR).
Alexis Sanchez acquired the equalizer for Chile 10 minutes into the second half when he took a neat cross from Charles Aranguiz and slid an angled shot into the online together with his proper foot.
With the South American qualifiers twice pushed again from the scheduled begin in March, it was nearly a yr since both staff had performed a full worldwide and either side drained as the sport seemed like really fizzling out at a fan-free Centenario stadium in Montevideo.
However, Gomez, who had solely been on the sphere 5 minutes, gathered a clearance on the sting of the field two minutes into stoppage time and rifled a shot low into the online to present the two-time world champion a successful begin to its marketing campaign.
The high 4 groups in South America’s 10-team group qualify routinely for Qatar 2022 and the fifth-placed aspect goes into an inter-regional playoff.
Uruguay’s subsequent recreation is away at Ecuador on Tuesday, whereas Chile returns to Santiago to face Colombia the identical day.
In the night’s earlier recreation, Peru and Paraguay drew 2-2 in a match that got here alive with 4 objectives within the second half.
Andre Carrillo put Peru in entrance after 53 minutes just for the home aspect to grab the lead with a double from Angel Romero.
However, Carrillo was to not be outdone and grabbed an equalizer with 5 minutes remaining.