Ecuador, Argentina and Uruguay have qualified for the men’s football tournament at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games after finishing first, second and third respectively at the South American Under-20 Championship in Chile.
The Ecuadorians secured top spot in the final stage with a 3-0 win over Venezuela at the Estadio El Teniente in Rancagua.
Argentina had the chance to leapfrog them in the standings but they fell to a 1-0 defeat against Brazil in the last game of the competition.
Uruguay’s 0-0 draw with Colombia was enough for them to claim the third qualification spot at the expense of their opponents.
The trio of nations join Jamaica, Panama and the United States in reaching the Lima 2019 tournament, which is due to take place from July 28 to August 10.
They qualified as the top teams from each of the three zones of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) at the 2018 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship in November.
There remains one more place available for CONCACAF, which is scheduled to be determined in April.
The eight teams will be divided into two groups, made up of two nations from the South American Football Confederation and two from CONCACAF.
The top two from each group will advance to the semi-finals.
The National University of San Marcos stadium will play host to the men’s and women’s football tournaments at Lima 2019.
Synthetic grass, certified by FIFA, has been laid at the venue.
The installation of seats is currently proceeding and spaces have been enabled to facilitate anti-doping tests.
The stadium will also have artificial lighting in order to allow matches to be played at night.
Uruguay and Brazil are the reigning men's and women's Pan American Games champions respectively.
Brazil will not be able to defend their title, however, as they will not be competing.