World Cup 2018 qualifiers / 2 posts found

Argentina have a mountain to climb in Ecuador to secure World Cup place

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Lionel Messi and co are on their third manager in this qualifying campaign and head to Quito needing a win to have a hope of playing in Russia next summer The equation is simple even if the task is not: win in Ecuador and Argentina will, at worst, face a play-off against New Zealand to qualify for the World Cup. Given Chile have to play in Brazil, victory in Quito would probably mean an automatic passage to Russia. But Argentina have only ever won once at altitude in Ecuador and, more significantly, they are playing almost entirely without belief, as […]

Argentina’s World Cup hopes hang in balance after Peru stalemate

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Argentina are in danger of missing the World Cup for the first time in 48 years after slumping to a 0-0 draw with Peru at La Bombonera The prospect of a World Cup without Lionel Messi edged nearer to reality on Thursday as Argentina struggled to a 0-0 draw with Peru, which left their qualification hopes hanging in the balance. Despite dominating possession in front of a raucous home support at Buenos Aires fabled La Bombonera stadium, Messi and Argentina once again drew a blank to the dismay of their fans. The result left Argentina sixth in South Americas marathon […]
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