Both Paraguay and Colombia sit just outside CONMEBOL’s automatic qualifying spots for the 2022 World Cup ahead of Sunday’s match in Asunción, Paraguay.
Paraguay has lost each of the last three times Colombia has visited the Estadio Defensores del Chaco, and current form suggests a similar result could befall the host team Sunday.
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Date: Sept. 5, 2021
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Paraguay's 2-0 loss at Ecuador earlier this week saw the team pick up where it left its Copa América campaign. Paraguay lost its third consecutive match to remain sixth in the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying, but victory against Venezuela could still land them among the top four.
The hosts will still be without star playmaker Miguel Almirón after he was refused permission to travel by employers Newcastle United due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Instead, Paraguay will look to Ángel Romero, Luis Amarilla and Richard Sánchez to lead the attack. The team has failed to score in its last three qualifying matches.
Colombia, on the other hand, has scored in all but one of its seven outings in the qualifying campaign, though the 14 goals they’ve conceded thus far is also the third-most among CONMEBOL competitors.
Colombia could hold fourth if not for Fernando Saucedo’s late equalizer for Bolivia in Thursday's match, which canceled out Roger Martinez’s breakthrough.
Paraguay has lost in six of its last seven meetings against Colombia and has not beat Colombia at home since June 2007.