South & Central America: Argentina late show seal World Cup qualification; Chile end Ecuador’s dreams; Brazil held; Thrilling last-gasp US leveller denies Costa Rica; Honduras qualify

Uruguay 0 – Argentina 1 (World Cup qualifier, October 14, 2009) The crunch match between Uruguay and Argentina was locked in stalemate at the break. (First half highlights here.) With five minutes remaining Argentina finally found the breakthrough as defender Mario Bolatti fired the ball over the line to confirm their qualification to the World Cup.

Peru 1 – Bolivia 0 (World Cup qualifier, October 14, 2009) Johan Fano’s goal in the 53rd minute lifted Peru to a 1-0 victory over Bolivia in a match between the two weakest teams in South American World Cup qualifying.

Chile 1 – Ecuador 0 (World Cup qualifier, October 14, 2009) Ecuador needed a victory to finish fifth, but their dreams were ended by Humberto Suazo’s winner in the 53rd minute.

Brazil 0 – Venezuela 0 (World Cup qualifier, October 14, 2009) Brazil twice hit the bar and played the last half hour with 10 men after defender Miranda was sent off for elbowing Giancarlo Maldonado.

Paraguay 0 – Colombia 2 (World Cup qualifier, October 14, 2009) Second-half goals by Adrian Ramos and Hugo Rodallega saw already-eliminated Colombia finish qualifying on a high.

United States 2 – Costa Rica 2 (World Cup qualifier, October 14, 2009) Bryan Ruiz scored twice in a four-minute span midway through the first half to give Costa Rica a 2-0 lead, but Michael Bradley cut the U.S. deficit in the 72nd minute. With the United States playing a man short after defender Oguchi Onyewu tore a tendon in his left knee and Costa Rica just 20 seconds or so from qualifying, Jonathan Bornstein headed in a corner kick from second-half substitute Robbie Rogers from about 7 yards.

El Salvador 0 – Honduras 1 (World Cup qualifier, October 14, 2009) Carlos Pavon’s winner came as he met a cross from David Suazo, striking a firm header to the delight of fans in Cuscatlan Stadium, as Honduras qualified for South Africa.

Trinidad & Tobago 2 – Mexico 2 (World Cup qualifier, October 14, 2009) Kerry Baptiste opened the scoring for Trinidad in the 32nd minute with a penalty, before Enrique Esqueda came off the bench to  latch onto a through-ball from Cuauhtemoc Blanco and lashed a powerful shot into the roof of the net to equalise in the 57th minute. Trinidad took the lead again just four minutes later when Baptiste nodded in a close range header for his second goal. Mexico drew level again in the 64th minute when a short corner resulted in a low cross finding Carlos Salcido gathered in front of the goal and a simple goal.