Chile to be deducted points, Argentina to move up in WCQ

Ever Banega Argentina Chile

According to reports, Chile will be deducted two points from their current standings in the World Cup Qualifiers following Bolivia’s fiasco.

Strong reports are emerging that Chile get two points deducted off the table, meaning Argentina would leapfrog them into an automatic World Cup Qualifying position in fourth place with Chile dropping down to fifth place. Originally, Argentina were in fourth and Chile in fifth but an appeal against Bolivia (for having fielded an inleligble player) was put in place and a decision was taken to award Chile the full 3 points following their 0-0 draw against Bolivia. Chile being awarded the full 3 points meant they went higher than Argentina in the table.

However, there was an appeal set in motion and it appears that the original decision will be reversed. According to La Nacion, the reason for the reversal was because the original appeal (against Bolivia for having fielded the player) was sent out more than 24 hours after the match (which appears to be the window should a federation want to appeal).

CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers Standings


This would be a major boost in Argentina’s confidence and chances of qualifying for the World Cup as Chile would be down to 21 points with Argentina at 22 points. Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Argentina National Team coach Jorge SAMPAOLI had this to say about the issue:

Jorge SAMPAOLI on decision:

“It’s not a small issue. If the decision is made, we will welcome it. For us, it’s clear that we have Argentina in this position (in fifth place) in the table. If they change it later, it would be welcomed.”

AFA president Claudio TAPIA had this to say:

“We hope to reverse this dubious decision. Hopefully they’ll take the two points away from Chile and the qualifiers can go back to normal.”

Marcelo DIAZ of Chile had this to say:

“I think they’ll take away the points because in football, there’s a lot of dark hands.”

The decision is expected in the upcoming days.


  1. Debasish Duttaroy

    It his confirmed?

  2. Jenny


  3. Mafioso

    Banega is presumably the 2nd most important player for Sampaoli, after Messi.

    1. Gonzalo

      This is not good thing. The guy will fall short in crucial moment. We should find someone new.

  4. pablo dennison

    its called karma chile karma hahahahahahahaha

  5. Dfox1942

    Haaaaaaaa, please allow me to laugh and enjoy this moment….not yet I’m enjoy it for a lot of time to come LMAO.
    Pay back is a Bitch ain’t it Chile.

    1. Dfox1942

      Still laughing ……. F U Chile to the power infinity

      1. pablo dennison

        defox1942: x 2 as im still laughing as well

  6. Richard

    Great news!
    Bauza out, Sampaoli in.
    Icardi, Gomez, Paredes, Lanzini and many of those who we wanted called up.
    Fernandez back.
    and now 4th position.

    1. Gonzalo

      Augusto Fernandez + Nacho Fernandez

      1. Mafioso

        We lost copa 16 due to Augusto’s injury.

        1. Sabellista

          No, we lost because of Tata’s stupidity.

          1. Mafioso

            More stupid managers won titles.We did well in copa 16, a lot of players got injured. Gaitan, Di Maria, then Lavezzi, Lamela had a knock too if I am not mistaken.Then augusto got injured, midfield lost it’s balance. Tata’s stupidity is that he did not take any backup LB, so after Rojo’s red card, last balance was gone.

  7. Sabellista

    So many good things coming our way lately. Seems like the stars are aligning themselves for our team’s fortunes next year and further. We were just at the rock bottom with Bozo not so long ago. I for one, had deliberately missed the classico in Brazil for the first-time.The match I fought loved ones in the name of watching it live in past? I was not prepared to stay up until 4am and take daggers anymore. So I passed. I was embracing myself for 2010 disaster part 2 next year.
    Wow!! first a real coach, then youth system back on track and now Chile moving South of Argentina.
    What’s next, perhaps an attacking juggernaut team next year?

  8. Gonzalo

    Emmanuel Cecchini finally loan to Malaga.

  9. Gonzalo

    Alexander Barboza scored of course in first preseason game for River.

  10. Gonzalo

    I was just about to wrote that:) Will Sampaoli called him up?

    1. vimaldass

      He has to in my opinion but should analyze his form since he has come back from such a long hiatus. He has great balance of skill, grit and creativity.

  11. vimaldass

    In other news, our very own box to box midfielder is back !

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