Peru leave it late
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Peru have snatched a draw in the dying seconds of their home tie against Argentina. Esteban Cambiasso's goal on 84 minutes appeared to have secrued the points for the away side, but Johan Fano popped up in the final minute of injury time to rescue a point for Peru. Argentina move into a three-way tie for second on the table, four points behind leaders Paraguay.

Bolivia caused the surprise of the round by holding Brazil to a 0-0 draw in Rio de Janeiro. Defender Ignacio Garcia was sent off for the visitors on 53 minutes, but the Seleçao were unable to find a way past Carlos Arias in the Bolivian goal.

Brazil now move up to 13 points, and are ahead of Argentina and Chile only on goal difference.

Chile thumped Colombia 4-0 in Santiago to rise to joint second place in the South American qualifying section for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™.

Gonzalo Jara opened the scoring for the hosts in the 26th minute, before top-scorer Humberto Suazo doubled the lead seven minutes from half-time. Defender Ismael Fuentes and Matias Fernandez completed the rout in the second period. Chile now move to 13 points on the table, and share second place with Brazil and Argentina.

Uruguay's charge towards a place at South Africa 2010 stuttered when they were held to a 0-0 draw by Ecuador on Wednesday evening. Although the result temporarily elevated the Celeste to second in the South American qualification standings, coach Oscar Tabarez will view it as two lost points inside the Centenario in Montevideo. Ecuador remained three points behind their opponents.

Uruguay may have failed to make it three victories in succession, but they can take encouragement from a third straight clean sheet. The two-time FIFA World Cup winners will resume their bid to reach South Africa 2010 in Argentina on 11 October. Meantime, Ecuador will host Chile.

Results
Uruguay 0-0 Ecuador
Chile 4-0 Colombia
Brazil 0-0 Bolivia
Peru 1-1 Argentina