1990 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONMEBOL)

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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.

Format[edit]

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.

Draw[edit]

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 1[edit]

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
  Bolivia Peru Uruguay
 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 Goal 45' (pen.)
Ramallo Goal 53'
del Solar Goal 43'

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

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

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

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

Uruguay 2–0 Peru
Sosa Goal 45'58'

Group 2[edit]

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
  Colombia Ecuador Paraguay
 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.



Ecuador 0–0 Colombia

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


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

Group 3[edit]

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
  Brazil Chile Venezuela
 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 Goal 5'
Romário Goal 65'
Bebeto Goal 79'81'

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

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

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

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

Brazil 2–01 Chile
Careca Goal 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.

Goalscorers[edit]

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

Notes[edit]

  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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