Argentina's ticket to Russian Federation in jeopardy after draw with Peru

  • Argentina's ticket to Russian Federation in jeopardy after draw with Peru

Argentina's ticket to Russian Federation in jeopardy after draw with Peru

All throughout the week, there has been talk that Argentina's path to next summer's World Cup has been a tricky one. However, they are assured of at least finishing fifth which is good enough for an inter-confederation playoff with New Zealand (the team to qualify for the playoff from the Oceania Football Confederation).

Peru, who end their campaign at home to Colombia on October 10, head into this week's encounter on the back of three straight wins in qualifying, including a 2-1 home triumph over Uruguay in March. But Argentina can leapfrog one of its biggest rivals for a spot at the 2018 World Cup and solidify its standing on Thursday night, when La Albiceleste takes on Peru in Buenos Aires.

It is pertinent to mention here that, the South American side have never missed a World Cup since 1970. Both teams have the same amount of points but are in an intense battle with five other teams for three direct World Cup spots and a place in the inter-confederation play-offs.

The final group game would see Argentina travel to Ecuador at Quito, more than 2800 metres above sea level, and these are conditions that they usually fare poorly in.

"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.

In a fair world, Argentina would have won by several goals.

In 2013, with just two minutes remaining on the clock, Panama led an already qualified US Men's National Team 1-0 in the final game of CONCACAF's Hexagonal qualifier. "It would be really unfair if a group that put it all out there like they did does not advance".

Argentina have it all to do in their final match, against Ecuador. The balance of six wins, seven draws and four defeats is moderate, lacking team in breadth of world class-too few talents last created Durchbruch.An of atmosphere before around 50 000 spectators did not lay it.

Minnows Peru are only ahead of Argentina on goals scored, but have netted 10 times more - Brazil have found the net more than twice as many times in their qualification campaign.

The Argentines moved the game from their usual home at the Monumental stadium to the tightly-packed Bombonera ground to get their passionate crowd behind them. We are analysing it but it's unlikely, " he told a press conference.