Colombia only has the option of fighting for the playoff if it wants to maintain its aspirations of reaching the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. On Tuesday in Puerto Ordaz, against Venezuela, Reinaldo Rueda’s team is risking its future.
The problem is that, by securing the fifth square, the South American team that ends there will still have a new scale; He will have to play on a neutral court, in Qatar, against the fifth-placed team from the Asian Confederation.
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Australia awaits rival in the Asian playoffs
Asia has already defined its four direct quotas: South Korea and Iran, in group A, and Japan and Saudi Arabia, in group B. The team that goes to the playoffs will come out of the duel of the two squads that finish third in their respective zones.
Australia already has that box fixed in group B and only their rival in the Asian playoff remains to be defined, after the still-reliant United Arab Emirates’ 1-0 loss to Iraq.
Hussein Ali, in the 53rd minute, scored the winning goal for Iraq, which reopens the competition for third place. The last day, next Tuesday, will put it into play definitively, with the United Arab Emirates and Iraq teams as contenders.
The first, with nine points, depends on itself, as long as it wins next Tuesday against Korea; the second, with eight, is waiting. He faces Syria, bottom of the group.
The winner of the fight for third place will face Australia in another tie, which aspired to more when the penultimate day played on Wednesday began, but their defeat at home against Japan (0-2), with the two goals concentrated in the Kaoru Mitoma’s final moments, in ’89 and ’94, resolved the first two positions in group A, and by so many two places in the final phase of the World Cup, for the Japanese team and Saudi Arabia.
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When and where will the repechage be played?
The duel between Australia and the third group A (United Arab Emirates or Iraq) will be played on June 7 in Doha (Qatar). And the winner will face the fifth-ranked team from South America eight days later, in the same city.
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