Argentina, Peru eye W'Cup spot in crucial qualifier

Argentina, Peru eye W'Cup spot in crucial qualifier

Argentina, Peru eye W'Cup spot in crucial qualifier

But one area where all media were agreed was that should Argentina miss out, it won't be Messi's fault. But football God had no mercy, ball simply did not want to go in.

Lionel Messi, who is Argentina's all time record goalscorer, has started the season in typical fashion, scoring 11 goals in seven league games.

For "Albiceleste" would be sixth-stand now-not re.

"Barcelona and the Argentine national team can not afford to allow 10 minutes to pass in a game without Leo Messi touching the ball", Xavi told Sport.

A victory for Peru would mean automatic qualification, while Argentina need to win and hope other results play in their favour to stand any chance of going to Russian Federation. To all troubles, even long-standing rival Chile passed through a 2:1 against Ecuador.

For us it's a privilege to be on a stage like we are going to be, in a situation that we are in and facing an Argentina side that will have the best players in the world.

After 6 matches in this round of CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying, Peru's national team had tallied up an unimpressive 4 points, with one of those coming through a disappointing 2-2 home draw against current bottom feeders Venezuela.

Cue the mother of all slices as Messi completely shanked his effort out to the left with so much spin that it ended in a Peru throw-in. By Javier Cáceres more.

Their World Cup fate is now out of their hands and they now need other results to go their way if they are to book their place in Russian Federation next summer.

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Sampaoli is Argentina's third coach of this faltering campaign. The Boca Juniors Stadium creates a special atmosphere due to its narrow and steep ranks.

Argentina is within touching distance of automatic qualification places, sitting pretty at 5th behind immediate opponents Peru.

Chile will hope to seal their berth in Russian Federation when they travel to the already qualified Brazil next week.

17 games are done and dusted - only one more fixture remains. That's looking increasingly possible, with Argentina now sitting fifth in CONMEBOL qualifying.

"Barcelona and the Argentine national team can not afford to allow 10 minutes to pass in a game without Leo Messi touching the ball", Xavi told Sport via Goal.

It's a sign of the instability of the Argentina team that it's had three coaches during these qualifiers.

In Group E, neutral's favorites Uganda are still in with a chance of qualifying for a first ever World Cup.

Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi was chosen to lead the line in Argentina's last two qualifying matches, but Benedetto would be a popular choice at a hyped-up and sold-out Bombonera. Ecuador, Venezuela and Bolivia are already out of contention.

The psychologist Marcelo Roffé says: "We demand things from Messi, which he is not".

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