MEXICO CITY - In these World Cup qualifiers, Argentina was marked records: first defeat in their history against Venezuela, the first time gave local points as Bolivia.
After the heat, figuratively and literally, the Argentinians spent in Puerto La Cruz to fall before the Vinotinto, his visit to the Caribbean threatened to leave Barranquilla on the line en route to Brazil 2014.
However, they were Leonel Alvarez Colombians who seemed nailed to the floor in the second half, when Argentina, led by to turn pushed the score to win 2-1 and railroaded a campaign full of doubts.
"The sense of relief is great," Argentina coach is honest Alejandro Sabella.
Argentina reached seven points from four games and Uruguay reached the leader, who has had three meetings and break this date. But the playoffs also added a third pointer, which is none other than Venezuela.
Cesar Farias's team continued its campaign to reach the compelling first World Cup history with a 1-0 victory in San Cristobal in Bolivia, the last place in the standings with one point.
Another who took a weight off was Claudio Borghi. His beat Chile 2-0 at home to Paraguay after the Argentine coach of the squad broke five players for indiscipline and suffered a 4-0 win in Montevideo.
Chile reached six points, the same as Ecuador, which becomes strong at the height of Quito to a 2-0 win over Peru in a close game.
Until the fifth round is played in June, the Argentine Sabella have time to work on a team that took after the Copa America, while the bill was very challenged Alvarez to achieve only one of six points in the Caribbean heat that Colombia should favor .
"Undoubtedly he was afraid of facing a player like Messi," said Alvarez faded after a performance of their target, especially in the second half.
Messi took a walk at times three-quarters court at the wheel Colombian Gustavo Bolivar, who had considered himself a player "ordinary".
"Da very quietly keep the points from the last game of the year", appreciated the Barcelona star. "Start afresh with much encourage the playoffs in June."
In Santiago, Chile had the break I needed after the expulsion of the staff of key figures such as Jorge Valdivia, Arturo Vidal and Jean Beausejour.
One of the highlights was a new name: Matthew Fields Toro, Audax Italiano midfielder, who saved a Paraguayan shot on the end line and then made it 2-0 with a shot which resulted in a successful defense.
"Today we played for me, in support of the coaching staff," Borghi said criticism of his players. "We had been badly beaten, and now needed to win."
Paraguay, who knew how to lead by several dates for South Africa 2010 qualifiers, is the most difficult path to the command of Francisco "Chiqui" Arce. With the fall in Santiago, only ahead to Peru and Bolivia in the table.
Arce, however, described the advantages of Chile as "not very fair."
At the close of the day, Venezuela's rising Farias, who came from 1-1 draw in Barranquilla Colombia beat Bolivia by the minimal difference not to have other opportunities materialized.
Bolivian coach repeated his wont defensive striker Marcelo Martins as unique, but what worked in Buenos Aires was not in San Cristobal.
Nearly 40,000 Venezuelans celebrated the euphoric moment Vinotinto sweet, look for six months in South America from the top, but the goalscorer Oswaldo Vizcarrondo said that the school should not get carried away with good results.
"The important thing is to maintain the illusion and a cool head to achieve the goal of qualifying for an end to World Cup," he said.
Reinaldo Rueda Ecuadorians are asserting the 2850 meters of altitude of Quito, where he also beat Venezuela in the first date.
Even though the Colombian Rueda said that the height does not work "without a good job," the additional advantage may be important in an elimination that occurs couple: three pointers with seven points, two teams with six and two with four.
Wheels make the playoffs in the shadow of the early phase of Ecuador in the Copa America, but its so far only targeted visitors fell from Asunción.
While not questioning the 2-0 against the driver of Peru Sergio Markarian said "weighed heavily up, we prepared for this and not had the best answer."
The Uruguayan, however, was not nervous about the two losses accumulated: "Peru has preserved in its possibilities," he said, "and must enforce them at the right time."