Results: Thursday's FIFA World Cup qualifying

  • The September window of matches in South America came to a close on Thursday

  • Lionel Messi broke Pele's record for most international goals by a South American

  • Leaders Brazil maintained their strong grip at the top with a 2-0 win over Peru

The September window of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 ™ qualifying came to a conclusion in South America on Thursday, with the tenth round of matches bringing plenty of intriguing storylines.

Grabbing the headlines, almost inevitably, was Lionel Messi who bagged all three goals in Argentina's win over Bolivia to reach 79 international goals, eclipsing Pele's long-standing record (77) by a male South American.

There were crucial home wins for Paraguay and Colombia, and also Uruguay were needed an injury-time Gaston Pereiro strike to dramatically see off Ecuador.

Leaders Brazil wrapped up the matchday with a pair of first-half goals enough for a home win over Peru.

Uruguay 1-0 Ecuador

Paraguay 2-1 Venezuela

Colombia 3-1 Chile

Argentina 3-0 Bolivia

Brazil 2-0 Peru