Just a single point separates the two teams in South American qualifying for the 2018 World Cup. The slimmest of margins, at just pas the halfway point in this ten-team league. Slim, but nonetheless crucial as for the moment it is Columbia, currently fourth on 17 points, who hold the last of the South American continent's four automatic tickets for Russia. If things stay as they are, Chile - who are fifth on 16 points - will be facing a play-off against a side from the Oceania zone.
— Radamel Falcao (@FALCAO) 4 November 2016
While Brazil (21 pts) and Uruguay (20 pts) have pulled away from the rest, there are still seven teams in with a shout of finishing in the top five. Argentina, currently sixth level on points with Chile but behind on goal difference, will be fighting hard to drag themselves back into contention, which is likely to complicate matters for the Columbians. With so much at stake, there should be a white-hot atmosphere at the Metropolitano for this huge game, which will also see Radamel Falcao return to the international stage.
— Radamel Falcao (@FALCAO) 7 novembre 2016
El Tigre has been front page news across the Columbian media this week. Papers, TV, radio, Internet... everywhere the idol's return has been celebrated after more than a year's absence. He's been cracking in the goals for AS Monaco recently, but if Radamel Falcao proves decisive again tonight, it could be one of the finest moments in his illustrious international career. The 2018 World Cup would also be a chance for him to turn the page on the last tournament in Brazil in 2014, which he missed through injury. It might just be destiny...
— AS MONACO 🇲🇨 (@AS_Monaco) 9 November 2016