Argentina will travel to the FIFA Women’s World Cup as South American champions after snatching the continental crown from Brazil with a dramatic 2-0 win in the Estadio José María Minella in Mar del Plata, Argentina.
Brazil, victorious in each of the tournament’s previous four editions, had gone into the final day of qualifying favourites to retain the title after sealing their place at China 2007 with a thumping 6-0 win over Paraguay on Saturday, but the hosts had other ideas, and goals from Eva Gonzalez and Maria Potassa sealed a memorable victory for Carlos Borello's team.
Even ending a hard-fought match with ten players following a late red card for Catalina Perez couldn’t dampen the spirits of the Albiceleste, for whom both goals came in a frenetic final 20 minutes, with Gonzalez’ 73rd-minute opener followed swiftly by Potassa’s clincher three minutes later.
Argentina, who can reflect with pride on having conceded just one goal in seven qualifiers - and none at all in the final phase - had gone into their final match already assured of qualification thanks to old foes Uruguay, who sealed Paraguay’s fate with a 3-2 win earlier in the day.
Those results left the final South American standings showing the hosts top on seven points, followed by fellow qualifiers Brazil on six, Uruguay on three and Paraguay on one.