Uruguay’s World Cup hopes remain in the balance after a shocking 3-0 loss to Bolivia knocks them out of qualifying with just four games to play
- Uruguay was widely beaten by Bolivia in their World Cup qualifier on Tuesday
- Juan Carlos Arce scored twice and Marcelo Martins Moreno also found the net
- Leaves Luis Suárez and company facing an uphill battle to secure a spot in the top five
Uruguay have left themselves a gigantic task in their bid to reach the 2022 World Cup in Qatar after Bolivia defeated them on Tuesday.
Luis Suárez and company suffered a 3-0 defeat at the Hernando Siles Stadium, as two goals from Juan Carlos Arce and another from Marcelo Martins Moreno ensured a direct victory for the hosts, which were even reduced to 10 men.
It was the fifth consecutive qualifying clash that Uruguay failed to win, four of which ended in defeat.
Uruguay’s World Cup hopes took a major blow on Tuesday when they were defeated by Bolivia.
It leaves La Celeste trapped in seventh place in the South American qualifying group, one point behind fourth and fifth with just four games to play.
In the CONMEBOL group stage, the top four are automatically qualified for the final, while the fifth place is placed in an intercontinental tiebreaker.
There is some consolation for Oscar Tabárez’s team, despite their recent form, in the form of their upcoming opponents.
They have already faced Brazil and Argentina twice, the two teams that have already qualified for Qatar, while they do not need to face Ecuador, who appear poised to secure third place.
The result leaves Luis Suárez and company in seventh place in the CONMEBOL classification
Instead, Uruguay’s remaining four matches face teams that surround them in the table.
They must face both Peru and Chile, who currently rank fifth and sixth, while their other two remaining matches are against Venezuela and Paraguay – the two teams sat in the bottom two places.
If Uruguay does not qualify, it will be the first time since Germany 2006 that they have not appeared in the World Cup.
In each of the last three editions they have come out of the group stage. They have also relied on intercontinental play-offs, finishing fifth on the CONMEBOL table in four of the last five qualifying campaigns.
The result rekindles Bolivia’s quest for a place at the World Cup in Qatar next winter.