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Argentina on brink of World Cup elimination post Peru draw

News Agencies | Updated on: 6 October 2017, 13:03 IST
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Argentina's hopes of reaching the 2018 World Cup suffered a major blow after a shock goalless draw against Peru on a nail-biting day of South American qualifying action on 5 October.

A 0-0 draw at home to Peru -- making it four games without a win -- has left Argentina and Lionel Messi's hopes of featuring in the 2018 World Cup to be played in Russia in jeopardy.

Messi - playing ahead of Paulo Dybala who was an unused substitute along with Mauro Icardi - couldn't inspire his team to victory as his team-mates failed to capitalize during the entire match, reports goal.com.

The result left Argentina in sixth place in the standings. The first four teams qualify automatically, with the fifth-placed team advancing to a playoff against New Zealand in November.

The goalless stalemate has now set up a nail-biting finale next week, with only two points separating third-placed Chile and seventh-placed Paraguay.

Argentina's final qualifier is a challenging away trip to Ecuador in the thin air of Quito. 

-ANI

First published: 6 October 2017, 13:03 IST
 
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