No Lionel Messi and no Cristiano Ronaldo?

No Lionel Messi and no Cristiano Ronaldo?

No Lionel Messi and no Cristiano Ronaldo?

If they do manage to win on Brazilian soil for the first time, they will secure their place in Russian Federation, regardless of other results.

Argentina have it all to do.

Argentina does not lose in the last five matches, but in the selection matches, she cannot win in the last 4 meetings, losing 1 time and three draws. A draw would be good enough for a playoff spot if Argentina wins, and there is a victor in the Peru-Colombia match.

But Messi may see another opportunity slip away, with Argentina's qualification for the 2018 finals in serious jeopardy. Six teams still have a chance for the remaining three automatic qualifying berths, with one more team qualifying for the intercontinental playoff against New Zealand.

Brazil boss Tite is expected to play a very strong side against Chile. A draw would also be good enough to go straight through if there is a victor in the Peru versus Colombia match, Chile lose by two or Paraguay fail to win. They need a single point against the ninth-placed team. Lionel Messi has put in solid performances for his country but the biggest problem for La Albiceleste has been finding a consistent scorer that can link up with Messi.

In that respect, Messi is always compared unfavourably to his compatriot Diego Maradona, who inspired Argentina to triumph in the 1986 Finals in Mexico; unless Messi equals that achievement, according to many people, he will never be as good as Maradona.

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Argentina face Ecuador on Wednesday, an assignment made much tougher by the high altitude (2850 metres) of Quito. Bet: the victory of the national team of Argentina with a handicap - F2 (-1).

Brazil is the go-to team for an overwhelming majority of my countrymen when it comes to the FIFA World Cup.

"Argentina is all at sea. It's the end of a movie I've been watching for 10 years", Batista said. He dipped out on a home tournament four years later as well, with manager Aime Jacquet instead choosing to build his team around Zinedine Zidane.

From South America qualification, team Brazil is in top position with 38 points.

That's because they host third-place Chile and that result will have huge implications on who qualifies.

Peru knows one thing: Win at home against Colombia and they're in the World Cup for the first time since 1982. And at 30, you also need to absorb the cold hard stat that Russian Federation 2018 may be his last FIFA World Cup.

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