CONMEBOL Qualifiers Roundup: Argentina Survive Bolivian Altitude, Venezuela and Chile Pull off Surprise Wins

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Argentine striker Lionel Messi (Google Creative Commons)

It has been said that World Cup qualifying in South America is more tightly-contested than in any other of the continental federations within FIFA. Pittingthe likes of Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia, Ecuador and Argentina, who have all graced the top 12 of the FIFA World Rankings in the past year, against each other for a spot at the world's biggest sporting tournament, it is no surprise that despite only 10 national teams CONMEBOL consistently provides some of the most memorable matches during the qualification phase.

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