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Argentina's WC Hopes Hanging By A Thread

Argentina's World Cup Hopes Hanging By A Thread

By Keegan Kruger - Oct 06, 2017 07:59 AM @KeeganKruger

Argentina's 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification hopes were dealt a major blow after they were held to a goalless draw by Peru in Buenos Aires.

Click through the gallery above to see pictures of Argentina taking on Peru in their penultimate FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifier.

The result on Friday morning saw Jorge Sampaoli's men drop out of the qualification spots for next year's showpiece tournament.

Although the Argentines dominated most of the match, they were unable to find a way past fourth-placed Peru.

Sampaoli's side started the match with plenty of intent and purpose, but just could not find the back of the net on the night.

FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi pulled the strings throughout the match but struggled to break the deadlock on numerous occasions.

The 30-year-old's best chance came when he hit the crossbar early in the second half after he followed up on Dario Benedetto's effort, which was initially saved by the Peru goalkeeper.

Despite the 0-0 draw, one more round of qualifying fixtures remain, and Argentina will need to beat Ecuador in the thin air of Quito in the Andes if they are to have any hopes of boarding the plane to Russia.

Brazil Frustrated By Bolivia

The Argentines are currently in sixth place in the South American qualification group, with the top four teams advancing automatically. The fifth-placed team can advance by winning a playoff against New Zealand.

Other FIFA World Cup qualifier results:

Chile 2-1 Ecuador

Venezuela 0-0 Uruguay

Bolivia 0-0 Brazil


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Distra7 Joined: 07 Oct 2017
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Distra7 Oct 07, 2017 09:41 AM
Argentina can not afford to miss out on world cup participation.In as much as I'm a fan,a die hard one at that,of CR7,but I would like to see argentina play in the Russia world cup!The world cup is believed to be by many,if not all,the biggest stage of them all!That being said,the biggest players have got to be there!And we all know Leo is up there with the best in the world. #Opinion
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Boris Becker Oct 07, 2017 09:17 AM
Argentina is like Chiefs maan. It's hurting me deeply madoda mooeerr maan. Fuuutseeekkkk
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takandalo Joined: 06 Jun 2014
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takandalo Oct 06, 2017 07:59 PM
chile or colombia won't make it to the world cup ...
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#eddie Joined: 16 Dec 2016
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#eddie Oct 06, 2017 07:04 PM
Only useless ppl will comment...cause they ddnt even watch the match!!!....Messi was fantastic ...he created nd tried very hard to score....nd wen he creates these other useless players that he has on that team do not convert the chances....so don't blame the best player in the world!!....NB:Argentina will qualify!!!.....but the coach needs to start playing Messi,Dybala nd Icardi forward then he'll see magic!!....
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Iviweluwalala Oct 06, 2017 02:21 PM
@RealChelseaChiefs we almost couldnt have space to comment cz u almost filled with depressing assay seem to be written by desperate idiot portugal won 2016 european final with ronaldo on the field with so called starless team That team proved ronaldo is good but they perfom without him still
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RealManUchiefz Joined: 11 Jun 2017
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RealManUchiefz Oct 06, 2017 01:56 PM
This thing of praising 1 plyr i think its killing team spirit plyrs are equal in the national team Spain won as a team no singling out of any plyr germany also even italy before spain the was no special treatment for some individuals thy succeded
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RealManUchiefz Joined: 11 Jun 2017
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RealManUchiefz Oct 06, 2017 01:49 PM
Who should be blamed then coz u gyz say he single handedly took them to the finals how can a single plyr take the whole team to the final mxm pple dnt knw football ather plyrs a sick of wrking hard then 1 plyr is praised he must also take the blame now tht goes for Cr7 too
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Mor93 Oct 06, 2017 01:11 PM
So tite
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lazy mzo Joined: 18 Oct 2016
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lazy mzo Oct 06, 2017 01:03 PM
Maradona is smiling
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Dos Santos Joined: 03 Oct 2017
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Dos Santos Oct 06, 2017 11:38 AM
I still have hope for my boy's Dybala, Messi, Aguero Argentina will qualify and they hv their place in Russia
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clemz7 Joined: 29 Dec 2013
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clemz7 Oct 06, 2017 11:29 AM
Yah soccer is nice
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mingus Joined: 15 Feb 2010
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mingus Oct 06, 2017 11:21 AM
Messi and Argentina will watch World Cup at home.
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@McCoora Joined: 02 Mar 2017
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@McCoora Oct 06, 2017 11:19 AM
Just that they need a disciplinarian,Sampeoli is a very good coach who works well with hard workers,the big egos of these Argentines is getting over him,they decide to hold the back sit and watch poor Messi trying to pull the strings alone knowing that he will be individually bashed by the critics if they fail,its not a sin to be blessed with talent,on a lighter note Sampeoli would have also succeeded with that Maradona Argentina team because they were less talented but a bunch of hard workers who played for one another like this Chilean national team which has been dominating the South American football lately. Diabala,Lavezzi,Higuain,Di Maria and others are all disgusting hornless big names
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@McCoora Oct 06, 2017 11:00 AM
They will qualify,whether by succeeding on play-offs against New Zealand or by occupying that 4th spot,but fact is Argentina will qualify
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lulikho Oct 06, 2017 10:51 AM
Messi taking Argentina to a long summer holiday....
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alizebucs1986 Oct 06, 2017 10:50 AM
Fact Ronaldo is the Best in the World,Masesi is the Best in Barcelona History,and yes Wena Cowditor Consider that Record nyana of Lewandonkey broken As Tomorrow the King wil Hit Andorra where it Hurts Masesi Fans
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RealChelseaChiefs Oct 06, 2017 10:36 AM
@khosispeecho c'mon now , are they not passing the ball to him? Are they not creating space for him? Isn't he supposedly the greatest ever? Zlatan, Lewandowski, Bale and Ronaldo have all have to carry their teams with so little talent yet they take and burry their chances, Messi is missing and hitting the posts you want to blame other players for that? When Barca are struggling he pulls out the best performances that fools you Messi fans into thinking he is the greatest but Everytime he fails y'all make excuses for him, it's pathetic and disgusting to hear these excuses cause next week in Laliga you will be saying he is a God like you always say! Barca is built for him and around him that's why he shines , Argentina is a National squad not everyone is playing to make him shine but they play for their National team not Messi cause when they win y'all give him the credit but when y'all fail you want to point others while he misses so many chances niyanyanyisa cause y'all show how much y'all love for him has blinded you into knowing football cause niziphikisa Nina week in week out
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lopi Joined: 02 Nov 2014
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lopi Oct 06, 2017 10:32 AM
Yhoooo lol he could watch the WC 1018 from home.
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alizebucs1986 Oct 06, 2017 10:17 AM
@khosispeecho u mean Dybala,Higuain,Mascherano,Di Maria,Lavezzi and Kun Aguero are Cows? Then u need to find the nearest school where they teach Football then u can learn Football
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old dog Oct 06, 2017 10:15 AM
@khosispeecho if you're the star of the team you get praised when your team wins so who's supposed to take the fall when the team losses? Dybala was dropped coz he said he finds it difficult to play alongside messi. A couple of years back tevez was dropped coz they had an off field incident with messi so was aguero(now injured). So now who do you want us to blame? Its natural man. If Portugal also doesn't qualify we'll blame Cr7 if he's on the pitch. Unfortunately that's how soccer is, we can't change it

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