Argentina on precipice as 2018 qualification battle reaches climax

Argentina on precipice as 2018 qualification battle reaches climax

Argentina on precipice as 2018 qualification battle reaches climax

Beleaguered coach Jorge Sampaoli - the third of the qualifying campaign - has called on his players to follow Messi's example. If they do manage to win on Brazilian soil for the first time, they will secure their place in Russian Federation, regardless of other results. A loss to Brazil would see Chile passed by either Colombia or Peru, likely Argentina and possibly Paraguay if it beats last-place Venezuela at home. For US fans, the game will be available to watch live on beIN Sports and by stream via beIN Sports Connect.

There is the chance that both Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo could miss out on the 2018 FIFA World Cup although both scenarios seem nearly impossible to imagine they are a possibility. However, they face a tough trip to in-from Brazil, who have steamrolled the qualification group thus far, and have already secure their place in next year's World Cup.

Six nations remain in the mix for a chance to make it to the finals, but Ecuador have already been eliminated after just falling short of the mark.

Brazil might have already qualified but they will play a very big role in who will join them in Russian Federation.

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. We will build up to the match with latest news throughout the day and provide minute-by-minute coverage from kick off at 01:30 (CEST). You actually have to go back 16 long years to dig out Argentina's last World Cup qualifier away win against La Tricolor at 2,850 meters in Quito. A victory would be remembered for generations to come. However, the team of Sampaoli has no lack of confidence till now.

"Instead, they have been dependent on flashes of individual genius, mostly from Messi".

"Another, a constant in recent times, has been the lack of defensive pace". A Colombia win (combined with Argentina and Paraguay wins) would see Chile fall to sixth.

Sampaoli, who took over in June and has yet to record a competitive win, has not named his side for the match but Lionel Messi is sure to start. A draw or a defeat could also be enough for a top-four finish or a play-off place, though in that case they will have to depend on events going their way elsewhere. Should Brazil lose to Chile, they could do Neymar a favour and ensure his biggest continental rival does not have the same safe passage to Russian Federation.

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