Colombia enduring wretched goalless run to leave World Cup 2022 hopes in doubt

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Colombia continued their poor scoring streak on Friday as their bid to qualify for the 2022 World Cup was thwarted.

Reinaldo Rueda’s side stunned Peru in Barranquilla as Edison Flores’ 85th-minute goal gave the visitors a 1-0 victory.

Colombia hit 30 shots out of four in Peru, with an expected 2.35 goals from 0.36 of their rivals, and had five touchdowns on the opposing box. Somehow, they have failed to make their rule count.

The result means that Colombia has played six games in a row without conceding a goal, and Paraguay has endured the same round. It is the second goalless draw in South American World Cup qualifying history.

It also leaves them sixth in the standings after 15 games, with Uruguay two points behind and Peru three. Only the top four teams – Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, and Peru – will automatically qualify for the Qatar finals.

Colombia, whose only goal since September 10 last year’s 2-1 friendly win over Honduras this month, will face Argentina, Bolivia, and Venezuela in their final qualifiers.

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