Miracle man Palermo saves Argentina at the death; Forlan leads Uruguay over Ecuador; Chile, USA & Mexico all qualify

Argentina 2 – Peru 1 (2010 World Cup qualifier, October 10, 2009) Three minutes after the beak, Gonzalo Higuain fired the home side into the lead. With 20 seconds remaining Hernan Rengifo equalised with the stadium now covered in torrential rain. Three minutes into injury-time Martin Palermo tapped in the winner to send the home fans and Maradona wild and set up a winner-takes-all clash with Uruguay on Wednesday.

Ecuador 1 – Uruguay 2 (2010 World Cup qualifier, October 10, 2009) Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia had put Ecuador in front but in-form Ajax striker Luis Suarez equalised and Diego Forlan held his nerve to score a penalty in the last minute. Uruguay have one point less than Argentina who they host on Wednesday night.

Venezuela 1 – Paraguay 2 (2010 World Cup qualifier, October 10, 2009) Salvador Cabanas and Oscar Cardozo scored in the second half for Paraguay, Alexander Rondo pulled one back late on.

Colombia 2 – Chile 4 (2010 World Cup qualifier, October 10, 2009) Colombia went ahead in the 13th minute thanks to an Arturo Vidal own-goal, but Chile struck back swiftly in the 35th with an Waldo Ponce equaliser and surged ahead a minute later when Humberto Suazo headed Fabian Orellana’s pass into the net. Giovanni Moreno scored in the 63rd to draw the hosts level, before substitute Jorge Valdivia scored the winner in the 72nd. Fabian Orellana secured Chile’s first return to the World Cup since 1998 with a fourth in the 79th.

Honduras 2 – USA 3 (2010 World Cup qualifier, October 10, 2009) Julio Deleon’s free-kick evaded Tim Howard to put the hosts in front but a brace from Conor Casey and another free-kick from Landon Donovan sent the US through to the World Cup. Deleon pulled a goal back for Honduras who missed out on claiming a draw when Carlos Pavon missed a penalty with three minutes remaining.

Mexico 4 – El Salvador 1 (2010 World Cup qualifier, October 10, 2009) Mexico secured qualification for the World Cup after this win. An og from Marvin Gonzalez had given them a 1-0 lead at the break. Cuauhtemoc Blanco added the second with twenty minutes to go. Substitute Francisco Palencia made it 3-0 and even though Julio Martinez smashed home a free-kick to reduce the arrears, Carlos Vela made it 4-1 seconds later.

Costa Rica 4 – Trinidad & Tobago 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, October 10, 2009) Avaro Saboria scored two, Walter Centeno claimed another and an own goal from Radanfa Abubakr were the goal scorers.