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 By Tim Vickery

Jubilant Peru ready for Brazil test while Argentina need Colombia reprieve

Neymar hit a milestone with Brazil, Paul Pogba dazzles in training and much more in the latest edition of The Sweeper.

Peru had not won an away World Cup qualifier since June 2004. And then, two weeks ago, their nightmare run came to an end in bizarre circumstances. Back in September, they had lost 2-0 to Bolivia. But their opponents fielded an ineligible player, and so FIFA punished them by awarding the game to Peru by a 3-0 margin. And winning on the road has suddenly become a habit. Last Thursday, 1-0 down to Paraguay at the interval, they turned things around to claim an astonishing 4-1 victory. 


Back in form, Falcao set for Colombia return

The ESPN FC crew discuss James Rodriguez's roles for club and country.

Thirty-three miserable months after the injury that tore Falcao from his perch as one of the world's most feared strikers, a light finally blinks at the end of the tunnel.

Eight goals in ten games following a return to the French league with Monaco, including four strikes in his last two games, has helped brush a calamitous spell in the English Premier League into the past. El Tigre's form may growl rather than roar these days, but in his native Colombia these flickers of form have caused more than...

 By Tim Vickery

Appetising matchups aplenty in round 11 of CONMEBOL qualifying

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti explains how Bolivia's forfeits for fielding an ineligible player have affected CONMEBOL standings.

Brazil versus Argentina tends to overshadow everything. But there are some other interesting attractions in Thursday's 11th round of South America's World Cup qualification campaign.

This is a round in which the top six teams meet each other -- and where all but Brazil and Uruguay could be overtaken by seventh place Paraguay, strong favourites to say a winning farewell to all-time top scorer Roque Santa Cruz when they host Peru.

The round gets off to an appetising start with the match between fourth...

 By Tim Vickery

Colombia, Uruguay's hard-fought draw sees both sides poised to reach Russia

Colombia and Uruguay have taken part in a fascinating, hard-fought rivalry in recent years. They battled for the playoff spot in the World Cup qualification campaigns of 2002, 2006 and 2010 -- Uruguay just coming out on top every time. And they met with a quarterfinal place at stake in Brazil 2014, this time with a victory for the Colombians. And now they ended up all square after a pulsating 2-2 draw in the 10th round of CONMEBOL qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

Uruguay have recently found...

 By Tim Vickery

Neymar's petulance puts Brazil in danger, while Uruguay top CONMEBOL

At the halfway point of World Cup qualifying, Brazil, Uruguay and Ecuador are looking good, Argentina are missing Messi and Chile are outsiders.

1. Brazil have to get a grip on Neymar

Things could hardly have gone better for Tite since taking over as manager of Brazil. His team have put together three victories, consolidating an attractive style of play and winning back their own supporters. It could hardly have gone better. But there is one problem: the behaviour of the star player.

In the 5-0...

 By Tim Vickery

Bad blood between Brazil, Colombia defines challenging qualifying clash

There is little doubt about the standout game in Tuesday's eighth round of South America's marathon World Cup qualifying campaign: Brazil against Colombia in Manaus leaps out as a dramatic battle on the road to Russia.

Just a point separates the two sides. Colombia, third in the table, have 13 points, while Brazil have 12 in fifth. So it's tight and tense and, to adopt an old cliche so beloved by boxing writers, it seems these two teams just don't plain like each other.

There has been some bad blood...