Argentina Are In Big Trouble After Latest World Cup Qualifying Result

Argentina Are In Big Trouble After Latest World Cup Qualifying Result

Argentina Are In Big Trouble After Latest World Cup Qualifying Result

A World Cup without Argentina and Lionel Messi?

"It is true that now they are in a hard situation, which is the qualification in South America". The first four teams qualify automatically, with the fifth-placed team advancing to a playoff against New Zealand in November.

They meet already-eliminated Ecuador, on Tuesday night, who now sit two places below in the table.

Meanwhile a late victor by Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez saw Chile beat Ecuador 2-1 to move above Argentina, who find themselves in sixth place with one game to go.

In other words, outside of Brazil, everything remains wide open in South America heading into the final matchday of World Cup qualifying.

Eight of the 32 places up for grabs at the World Cup have been claimed: Russian Federation (hosts), Brazil, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Belgium, South Korea and Saudi Arabia.

Argentina are set to play Ecuador in Quito (always a challenging task due to the strangulating altitude), where they've failed to record a win since 2001.

Peru will need to try and stop Lionel Messi on Thursday.

Given the ability in the Argentina team, there is little excuse for the position they find themselves in.

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Work in Spain followed, at Athletic Bilbao, Tenerife and Real Madrid, where he won the Champions League in 1997. The club could not be immediately reached for a comment.

In La Paz, Bolivia goalkeeper Carlos Lampe was in outstanding form to frustrate five-times world champions Brazil. Peru, which is surprise team in World Cup qualifier with young, talented players, has better goal.

They play 9-place Bolivia at home on the final day, needing only a point to make certain of qualification.

But Oscar Cardozo struck one minute from time, and Antonio Sanabria fired home two minutes later to give the Paraguayans the improbable win.

A draw would also be good enough - if Brazil beat Chile by more than one goal and if Argentina draw and Paraguay fail to win.

In Barranquilla, Colombia threw away what looked to be a certain victory that would have put them within touching distance of qualification as they crashed to a 2-1 defeat to Paraguay.

Meanwhile, Wales' World Cup hopes were dealt a considerable blow with the news talisman Gareth Bale would miss the final two qualifiers through injury.

The draw against Peru marked their fourth consecutive game without scoring a goal of their own (their 1-1 draw against Venezuela was the result of an own goal).

"Today Argentina were far superior to Peru, playing with a lot of authority".

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