Well… this last round of games for the World Cup 2018 qualifiers sure brought some changes to the standings.
Argentina won its two matches, earning 6 points. Not the most decisive of victories (especially against Chile), but 6 points nonetheless. Messi showed a bit more during these matches, but the one player that is making everyone do a double take was Mercado. This kid scored in both matches and played very solid defense. Someone to keep an eye out for, no doubt.
Ecuador. Ecuador had surprised everyone until now with its “perfect score”. They kinda fell apart in the 5th and 6th games, tying Chile and losing to a very inspired Colombia.
Uruguay? They don’t show a whole lot, but they are certainly effective – boasting the first spot on the table by having a better goal difference (GF vs GA) than Ecuador.
Brazil, currently being left out of the next World Cup, will have to make some serious changes in the way they play if they want to revert the situation. I think the 1-7 against Germany in the last World Cup still stings and is messing with their heads.
Peru. I had much higher hopes for them.