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The State Of The Ecuador Pitch Makes For Bad Viewing For Argentina

The State Of The Ecuador Pitch Makes For Bad Viewing For Argentina

The talismanic forward helped Argentina to the final in 2010, but lost to Germany in extra time. A single point could also see them move above Chile and Colombia as long as both those teams lose by a two-goal margin.

They sit sixth in the qualification table and must be in the top four to progress straight to Russian Federation, while a fifth-place finish will seem them face an inter-confederation play-off.

And so, after 1970 the two times World Cup champion Argentina is now in doubt again about participating in next edition of FIFA World Cup.

Are we poised to suffer a World Cup without the world's best player? Friday's loss against Chile buried any chance Ecuador might have had of reaching the 2018 World Cup, so the team has nothing to play for in this game against Argentina.

If Brazil beat Chile and Argentina win in Ecuador, Messi's side will qualify automatically. Only Brazil has so far qualified, with Uruguay, Chile, Colombia and Peru all ahead of Argentina. For the tour before the end of the selection, the Argentines do not get to the world forum with 25 points and the goal difference is 16-15 occupying the 6th place in the table.

The match was played at La Bombonera, home of Boca Juniors, and only a win would be enough to put Argentina through.

Argentina faces Ecuador in the thin air of Quito, located at 2,850 meters (9,350 feet) in the Andes — always a trial for visiting teams. Colombia's surprise defeat to Paraguay has constricted the qualifying group like a shrinking concertina.

In their last qualifier on Tuesday, Brazil host Chile in Sao Paulo with Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar looking to add to his 52 global goals in 80 appearances.

"The team that hauled itself to the World Cup final three years ago was heavily reliant on the inspiration of Messi and the grit of Javier Mascherano".

The FC crew debate what kind of impact Argentina missing the World Cup would have on Lionel Messi's legacy. A win will guarantee the visitors a ticket to Russian Federation, while any other result will leave them sweating on events elsewhere. The worst-case scenario with a win would be a fifth-place finish and as bad as Argentina has been in qualifying, no one would expect them to lose to New Zealand.

Argentina are yet to win in the Qualifiers since the arrival of Jorge Sampaoli. Therefore, winning against Ecuador is imperative if they want to keep themselves alive.


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