World Cup Soccer
 
          === Chile, Ecuador clinch World Cup berths on final day ===
 
 Santiago,  Chile (SportsNetwork.com) - Chile secured a berth at the 2014 World
 Cup  on  Tuesday with a 2-1  home win over  Ecuador, which also qualified by a
 narrow margin despite the setback.
 
 First-half  goals from  Alexis Sanchez and Gary Medel helped Chile take a two-
 goal  halftime  lead before Felipe Caicedo  pulled one back for Ecuador in the
 66th minute.
 
 Chile  finishes qualifying  in third  place with  the win,  while Ecuador  and
 Uruguay both end up with 25 points, but Ecuador claims the last automatic spot
 based on superior goal difference.
 
 Uruguay will face Jordan in a two-legged playoff next month to determine which
 side also reaches Brazil.
 
 Sanchez  opened  the scoring  in the  35th minute when  he headed home Eugenio
 Mena's  cross, while he set up Medel's goal a few minutes later with a flicked
 header that Medel finished off at close range.
 
 Arturo  Vidal's  header from a  corner kick smashed off  the post early in the
 second half as Chile threatened to widen the margin, but Caicedo's goal on the
 break  eased some  nerves as  Ecuador's  advantage in  goal difference  wasn't
 seriously threatened.
 
 Argentina  had  already locked  up the top  spot in qualifying  and was out to
 spoil Uruguay's chances on Tuesday with a pair of goals from Maxi Rodriguez.
 
 But  Edinson Cavani  struck the  decisive blow  early in  the second  half for
 Uruguay to separate the sides.
 
 Colombia  had already  earned second place in the group and was safely through
 to  the World Cup, but the team notched a 2-1 win at Paraguay with Mario Yepes
 netting  both goals  after teammate  Fredy  Guarin was  sent off  in the  32nd
 minute.
 
 The  other match  in South American qualifying on Tuesday saw Peru and Bolivia
 trade  first-half goals  in a  1-1 draw  with both  teams having  already been
 eliminated.
 
 
 
 
 10/16 00:04:12 ET

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