Football: Argentina, Uruguay and Colombia qualify for World Cup

Uruguay, Argentina and Colombia qualified for next year’s World Cup on Tuesday after an emotional last round of South American matches that additionally observed Peru secure a spot in a playoff against New Zealand.

Argentina, finalists three years prior yet outside the qualifying spots going into their match against Ecuador, went behind in the main moment however an enlivened Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick to ensure his side one of the three programmed qualifying spots still up for snatches.

Uruguay also went behind, to a claim objective from Gaston Silva following 24 minutes, however they skiped back with two objectives either side of half-time to secure second place in the 10-team South American group behind five-time World Cup champs Brazil.