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We finish up our roundup of games to watch this week in South America, where the finals themselves will be held next summer.
The two biggest games of intrigue are Peru vs. Uruguay and Colombia vs. Ecuador.
While the latter match is merely a battle to see who is likely to end up in second place in the group—the top four qualify automatically—it will also give us a chance to match up two of CONMEBOL's participants at next year's event against each other.
With Argentina not playing, a big-score victory for Colombia could also put them top for a time.
The other game is far more pertinent, in that Uruguay currently occupy fifth place. The team that finishes in that spot must compete in a playoff against the final side from the Asia zone.
Venezuela sit level on points with Uruguay, and Peru are just two points further back, so this will be a game of paramount importance in deciding whether Uruguay take a big step toward that playoff match, or if Peru are serious contenders.
Just three rounds of games remain after this one, making it a must-win for Peru and, at worst, a must-avoid-defeat for Uruguay.