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Global-2018: Argentina on the edge of the chasm, Chile breathes

Ⓒ AFP – Juan MABROMATA – | An Argentinian supporter, annoyed after the draw of his team, alone in the stands of the Bombonera in Buenos Aires, October 5, 2017

Argentina ended up in an extremely delicate situation in the qualifying race for the 2018 World Cup by tying a draw (0-0) on Thursday against Peru, while Chile re-raised by beating Ecuador on the wire Thursday (2-1).

The risk of a World Cup in Russia without Lionel Messi is real: outside the qualification zone one day from the end, the Albiceleste no longer has its destiny in the hands.

It must imperatively prevail Tuesday against Ecuador, already eliminated, but also pray for favorable results in other meetings.

Jorge Sampaoli’s men are likely to rely on a boost from their biggest rival, Brazil, the only South American nation already qualified, who will host Chile on Tuesday in Sao Paulo.

The last day promises strong emotions. Cardiac abstain.

Ⓒ AFP – Juan MABROMATA – | Lionel Messi was not decisive for Argentina, 5 October 2017 in Buenos Aires

Five teams are held in two points between Chile (3rd, 26th) and Paraguay (7th, 24th), who have a slight hope of qualifying thanks to his success Thursday (2-1) against Colombia (4th, 26th ).

Argentina are only in sixth position, with the same number of points as the Peruvians (5th, 25th), who occupy for the moment a place of barrist and dream to a first participation in the World since 1982.

Even though he admits that Argentina’s position is not very comfortable, coach Jorge Sampaoli is “very confident that we will be at the World Cup.”

For the crucial game of Thursday against Peru, the Argentine Federation had bet on the boiling atmosphere of the mythical stadium of the Bombonera.

Messi touched the post on the return of the locker room, but the Albiceleste once again delivered a very pale copy.

“We can not ask for more from Leo Messi, he had opportunities, created them, had balls of goal, we had a very intense Messi, the one that Argentina needs,” said Sampaoli.

Ironically, the last time the Albiceleste missed a World Cup (in 1970, Mexico), it was condemned by a draw (2-2) against Peru, in this same stadium of the Bombonera.

– Uruguay missing the coach –

Copa América double, Copa America, Chile suffered to the end but managed to win a precious victory that put it back on track.

Forward Eduardo Vargas, who opened the scoring in the 22nd minute before equalizing Ecuadorian Romario Ibarra in the 82nd. Three minutes later, Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez gave the Chileans a smile.

Ⓒ AFP – Martin BERNETTI – | Alexis Sanchez was decisive with Chile, October 5, 2017 in Santiago

In Barranquilla, Colombia maintained its qualification for about ten minutes after a goal by Monaco’s star striker Radamel Falcao (79th), but totally collapsed at the end of the game.

Oscar “Tacuara” Cardozo equalized (88th) and Antonio Sanabria handed Paraguay in the race to the World by scoring in additional time (90 + 2).

Uruguay (2, 28) also missed a good opportunity to validate his ticket to Russia by tying (0-0) to face the red lantern, Venezuela, but should not have too much trouble to to qualify.

Tuesday, it will suffice a point at home against Bolivia, already out of race, which held in respect Brazil (0-0), handicapped by the altitude of La Paz (3,600 m).

Neymar bought a number of chances but stumbled on a Bolivian goalkeeper in a state of grace.

But the only real bad new Brazilian side is the injury of Thiago Silva, replaced in the 27th minute of play by his Parisian companion Marquinhos, after experiencing a sharp pain in the right thigh.

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