Well you know what they say, you wait for one UFWC title change and then two almost come along at once. That’s because after perennial holders Argentina became the latest champions last week with a win over Chile their reign was to be an incredibly short one due to the fact that they lost to Bolivia last night in their first defence. The build up to the game was dominated by the fact that Lionel Messi was suspended for 4 matches due to his actions in the game against Chile, he may have scored the winner but his arguing with the assistant referee was to prove more costly.
That said even without Messi, Argentina still have an embarrasment of attacking riches and you would have felt going into the game they would have had enough to beat Bolivia who themselves have already been eliminated from the competition due to a points tally that will see them finish outside the top 5 places. Bolivia may not be able to qualify for Russia next year but they are the new UFWC holders as they ran out 2-0 winners last night.
Juan Carlos Arce Arce scored the first goal with a back header just after the half-hour mark, with Sergio Romero well beaten. Then Argentina’s line-up was further depleted when Ramiro Mori was stretchered off the field with an injury. Seven minutes into the second half, Marcelo Martins Moreno made it 2-0 to Bolivia, firing a shot past keeper Romero and with that it left Argentina simply too much to do and we would see their latest reign become an incredibly short one.
The next COMNEBOL qualifier is in August and that will see challengers Peru hosting the new holders Bolivia. I’ll keep an eye out for any scheduled friendlies before then but should that not be the case then this will be Bolivia’s first defence of the UFWC title.
Here is all you need to know from last night
And here is the ever growing list of all the holders since I started tracking the competition in 2011