Sixth place Uruguay can still score 34 points for Brazil, but in the final round of qualifying it will face Chile, making it mathematically impossible for both of them to overtake the leader.
Brazil is the first South American team to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar – it has several matches in its hands and more than a year before the tournament in Qatar.
Lucas Parqueeta scored Brazil’s only goal in the 72nd minute in a 1-0 win over Colombia, leaving Celesao 18 points ahead of fourth-placed Chile, which can only add 15 points in its remaining five games.
Sixth place Uruguay can still score 34 points for Brazil, but in the final qualifying round it will face Chile, making it mathematically impossible for both of them to overtake the leader.
The top four South American teams get direct access to the World Cup.
Also on November 11, third-placed Ecuador beat last-placed Venezuela 1-0 to Piero Hincapi, while Chile secured a key 1-0 win over Paraguay thanks to Anthony Silva’s own goal after a corner kick.
Peru and Bolivia will meet later on November 11th. Uruguay will host Argentina on November 12.
Brazil have won 11 wins in 12 matches – their match against Argentina, who came second in September, was strangely suspended after seven minutes of play due to government concerns over COVID-19 protocol violations. FIFA has not yet decided whether it will be repeated.
Ecuador (20 points) follows its two main rivals in qualifying in South America: Chile, Colombia and Uruguay are tied for 16 points. Chileans are letting go ahead on goal difference.
The fifth-placed South American qualifying team advance to the intercontinental playoffs for a spot in Qatar.