What Argentina need to do for 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification


It's not gonna happen - Luis Suarez is going to the World Cup.

Anything less and they're likely to sit out the tournament in Russian Federation the way Pedernera's team did in Mexico 48 years earlier. But they made an unfortunate draw with them and demoted to the 6th position. A win and Chile is in. Another 0-0 draw that would see Argentina's fate leave their own hands is priced at 11/1. Michael Arroyo will also be out after receiving a red card in the previous match against Chile. Chile lost to Paraguay and Bolivia before righting the ship with a late equalizer against Ecuador on Thursday. They might be motivated to win, but their recent form has not been impressive since Los Amarillos have lost their past five matches.

Chile, who have won two Copa Americas in a row, are Argentina's biggest threat to qualification. Danger lurks upon La Albiceleste, who could even lose the playoff place if they lose.

Argentina have clumsily rumbled through qualification in South America, collecting 25 points compared to Brazil's haul of 38.

Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli is set to take a last, desperate gamble in their do-or-die mission against Ecuador. Los Cafeteros have since recorded four wins and three draws on Peruvian soil. Colombia has the same 26 points but there is a little goal difference and so, they are one step behind than Chile.

If Colombia loses to Peru, they'll be in trouble.

"One of the problems of this campaign is that Messi has missed 8 matches - in which Argentina managed just 7 points".

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One of the most high-stakes games comes in the Peruvian capital of Lima, where Peru will aim to qualify for their first World Cup finals since 1982 when they host Colombia.

In their last qualifier on Tuesday, Brazil host Chile in Sao Paulo with Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar looking to add to his 52 worldwide goals in 80 appearances. The Lionel Messi-led side needs a win and that will guarantee a play-off place. Even if players try to foul him, they can't get near'.

Hello and welcome to the crucial World Cup qualifier between Ecuador and Argentina.

Messi has played in nine of Argentina's 17 qualifiers.

If the aforementioned information has still failed to make an impact, how about the fact that Lionel Messi, the most iconic player of his generation and quite possibly of all time, would be a no-show for this event.

In the end, the match ended up in similar fashion to that of 1969, with Peru holding out for a 0-0 draw.

Paraguay need to win to keep their chances alive.