Last chance for Messi and Argentina

11 October, 2017, 00:22 | Author: Douglas Reid
  • Brazil star Neymar against Croatia at the 2014 FIFA World Cup

ARGENTINA travel to Ecuador for their final World Cup qualifier knowing they are in danger of missing out on the competition for only the second time in their history. The bad news is that they have not won at the Estadio Olimpico Atahualpa in the Ecuadorian capital of Quito, which stands 2,782 meters above sea level, since 2001. After a 0-0 draw with Peru last time out, they need a win in Ecuador on Tuesday to have a chance of qualifying automatically.

The two-time World Cup-winners head into the final round of games in sixth place overall, outside the top four positions which grant automatic qualification and trailing fifth-placed Peru, who occupy the playoff spot, on goal difference.

"We have played three matches since qualifying for the World Cup and that hasn't changed the seriousness with which we have been playing", Jesus said.

With the only group leader assured of an automatic qualification from the UEFA section, Ronaldo and company face the real threat of finishing second and navigating a potentially tricky play-off tie in order to qualify for Russian Federation 2018.

Argentina made life even more hard for themselves after they were held to a goalless draw by Peru in their last home match.

Argentina are yet to win in the Qualifiers since the arrival of Jorge Sampaoli. A win or a draw at home to the already-eliminated Bolivia will be enough for them.

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

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FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi must win a World Cup to be considered special, according to FIFA's president.

This would mean no Lionel Messi to drive television ratings; no Messi to spur ticket sales for local organizers; no Messi to distract from off-field controversies surrounding the world-governing body, FIFA.

Argentina have clumsily rumbled through qualification in South America, collecting 25 points compared to Brazil's haul of 38. However, having previously played worldwide football for Argentina and Colombia, he missed out on the 1958 World Cup with his adopted homeland, Spain, when they finished second in their qualifying group to Scotland.

"We will continue searching, as we did with Venezuela and Peru".

"When you put on the Brazil shirt, you always play to win".

Intrigue surrounding Argentina's crucial World Cup qualifier against Ecuador has led to world-famous rock band U2 delaying a scheduled gig in Buenos Aires to allow fans to watch the match. Old enemies Brazil could do Chile a favour in Sao Paulo and send them into that play-off with New Zealand.

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