1990 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONMEBOL)

The South American (CONMEBOL) zone of qualification for the 1990 FIFA World Cup saw 9 teams competing for 2 direct places at the finals, with one extra place potentially on offer to the winner of a play-off. CONMEBOL member Argentina qualified automatically as reigning World Cup champions.

FormatEdit

Teams were divided into 3 groups of 3 teams each. The teams would play against each other on a home-and-away basis. The 2 group winners with the best record would qualify. The group winner with the worst record would advance to the CONMEBOL / OFC Intercontinental Play-off.

DrawEdit

The draw for the qualifying groups took place in Zürich, Switzerland on 12 December 1987. During the draw teams were drawn from 3 seeded pots into the 3 qualifying groups.

Pot A Pot B Pot C

  Brazil
  Paraguay
  Uruguay

  Chile
  Colombia
  Peru

  Bolivia
  Ecuador
  Venezuela

Group 1Edit

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Uruguay 4 3 0 1 7 2 +5 6
  Bolivia 4 3 0 1 6 5 +1 6
  Peru 4 0 0 4 2 8 −6 0
       
  BOL 2–1 2–1
  PER 1–2 0–2
  URU 2–0 2–0

Uruguay qualified with the second-best record among the group winners.

Bolivia  2–1  Peru
Melgar   45' (pen.)
Ramallo   53'
del Solar   43'

Peru  0–2  Uruguay
Sosa   46'
Alzamendi   69'
Attendance: 45,000

Bolivia  2–1  Uruguay
Domínguez   38' (o.g.)
Peña   47'
Sosa   49'

Peru  1–2  Bolivia
González   53' Montaño   45'
Sánchez   77'
Attendance: 9,500

Uruguay  2–0  Bolivia
Sosa   31'
Francescoli   39'
Attendance: 70,000

Uruguay  2–0  Peru
Sosa   45'58'

Group 2Edit

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Colombia 4 2 1 1 5 3 +2 5
  Paraguay 4 2 0 2 6 7 −1 4
  Ecuador 4 1 1 2 4 5 −1 3
       
  COL 2–0 2–1
  ECU 0–0 3–1
  PAR 2–1 2–1

Colombia advanced to the CONMEBOL / OFC Intercontinental Play-off with the worst record among the group winners.


Paraguay  2–1  Colombia
Ferreira   48'
Chilavert   90' (pen.)
Iguarán   87'

Ecuador  0–0  Colombia

Paraguay  2–1  Ecuador
Cabañas   36'
Ferreira   67'
Avilés   84'


Ecuador  3–1  Paraguay
Aguinaga   26'
Marsetti   72'
Avilés   82'
Neffa   18'

Group 3Edit

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Brazil 4 3 1 0 13 1 +12 7
  Chile 4 2 1 1 9 4 +5 5
  Venezuela 4 0 0 4 1 18 −17 0
       
  BRA 2–0 6–0
  CHI 1–1 5–0
  VEN 0–4 1–3

Brazil qualified with the best record among the group winners.

Venezuela  0–4  Brazil
Branco   5'
Romário   65'
Bebeto   79'81'

Venezuela  1–3  Chile
Fernández   65' Aravena   5'33'
Zamorano   71'

Chile  1–1  Brazil
Basay   81' González   56' (o.g.)

Brazil  6–0  Venezuela
Careca   10'17'80'86'
Silas   37'
Acosta   39' (o.g.)

Chile  5–0  Venezuela
Letellier   14'34'69'
Yáñez   44'
Vera   84'

Brazil  2–01  Chile
Careca   49'

1The match was abandoned in the 67th minute with Brazil leading 1–0 after Chile walked off the field when a firecracker thrown from the crowd supposedly hit goalkeeper Roberto Rojas in the head, leaving him bloodied and having to be carried from the pitch on a stretcher; a subsequent FIFA investigation found that Rojas's injury was self-inflicted, using a razor blade concealed in his glove. The match was awarded 2–0 to Brazil, and Chile were banned from qualifying for the next World Cup. Rojas was given a lifetime ban from competitive football (lifted in 2001), as was Chile manager Orlando Aravena and team doctor Daniel Rodriguez.

GoalscorersEdit

5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal

NotesEdit

  1. ^ The Chile–Venezuela match was played on neutral ground in Argentina instead of in Chile because Chile was penalised for rioting during the Chile vs Brazil match.

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