Marcha 22, 2018

Argentina in Danger of Missing 2018 World Cup

10 Octubre 2017, 08:29 | Gerardo Tarin

USA with Stoke’s Geoff Cameron will qualify if they beat Trinidad and Tobago

USA with Stoke¿s Geoff Cameron will qualify if they beat Trinidad and Tobago

Brazil head coach Tite believes Argentina must be having trouble sleeping as they face the possibility of missing the World Cup for the first time since 1970.

The eyes of the football world will turn to Quito's Estadio Olimpico Atahualpa to see if the once unthinkable prospect of a World Cup without Messi is to become a stunning reality.

Argentina now sit sixth in the 10-team South American section, with only the top four countries qualifying for Russian Federation automatically and the fifth-placed side facing a play-off against New Zealand.

Uruguay, meanwhile, need only take a point in their home qualifier against already-eliminated Bolivia to be certain of progressing.

But a draw or loss will mean they are at the mercy of other results and could slip into fifth place, or miss out altogether.

Ricardo Gareca's side go into the win or bust fixture following a heroic draw away to Argentina at La Bombonera, while the Colombians were a minute away from the World Cup before two David Ospina howlers inexplicably handed Paraguay a 2-1 win in Barranquilla.

Here's a quick look at the chances and the qualifying rules. "We have to play another game".

And if that won't solve it, get set for the drawing of lots. The omens are good for Los Cafeteros, who have won their last four qualifying meetings with the Peruvians.

Nothing has worked so far. If Colombia beat Peru, they will qualify.

Sadly, Sampaoli's arrival hasn't made things better, and the former Sevilla and Chile boss is still waiting for his first competitive win after seeing his team score only one goal in three games.

But in the fact of FIFA World Cup, Brazil has no intention to harm their neighbours country. A defeat could even end up in fifth place and a playoff spot against New Zealand, if Paraguay fail to win and Colombia beat Peru. Michael Arroyo will also be out after receiving a red card in the previous match against Chile. But every contingency must fall right. A single point could also see them move above Chile and Colombia as long as both those teams lose by a two-goal margin. While Argentina are riding a four-game winless streak, Ecuador have lost their past five qualifying matches.

A victory would guarantee Peru at least a playoff.

In case of a draw, Argentina will need other results to go in their favour as well.

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