Argentina have become the first South American nation to win their way through to the FIFA U-17 World Cup Nigeria 2009.
A 2-0 win over arch-rivals Uruguay ensured Argentina topped Group B to claim one of three qualification berths on offer.
Knowing only a win would guarantee their ticket to Nigeria, Argentina opened the scoring after just 11 minutes through Sergio Araujo. Coached by 1986 FIFA World Cup™ winner Jose Luis Brown, the Argentinians had to wait until injury time for the clincher with striker Daniel Villalva sealing victory
In the second match, host-nation Chile secured its first three points of the tournament with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Ecuador. Enzo Andía's goal three minutes from time in Iquique keeping alive Chile's qualification hopes.
The teams wining the two groups qualify automatically for Nigeria with the four teams finishing second and third in each group to play-off for the final two berths.
With two matches left in Group B Argentina sit at the top of the standings (ten points), followed by Uruguay (6), Ecuador (4), Chile (3) with Venezuela eliminated without any points.
Group A features Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Paraguay and Peru, with the two group winners to play-off to be crowned South American U-17 champions.
Argentina 10 points (4 matches)
Uruguay 6 (3)
Ecuador 4 (3)
Chile 3 (3)
Venezuela 0 (3)