Peru stalemate leaves Argentine teetering on the brink

Argentina were hard at work on the training ground ahead of a crucial weekend of football

With only one round remaining in qualifiers, 2014 World cup runners-up will next play Ecuador in a do-or-die encounter on October 11 in the thin air of Quito in Andes.

Brazil, who have already qualified, sit comfortably at the top with 38 points followed by Uruguay (28 points), Chile, Colombia (26 points) and Peru (25 points). Peru are not a bad side and at home, they have managed to get some big wins against sides such as Bolivia and Uruguay. We are analysing it but it's unlikely.

"He is a player that can not be disputed".

"The situation is not comfortable, but the ranking still depends on us". The match is expected to be a close encounter that could go either way.

The players realise their predicament and in training near Buenos Aires on Friday they were keeping their heads down and looking sombre. "But we will go out determined to take a win because that is our mentality". Chile are third with Colombia fourth.

Former Barcelona maestro Xavi Hernandez has spoken of Lionel Messi's hunger for the ball during his playing days with the little Argentine, and claims the five-time Ballon d'Or victor starts to get frustrated if he's not involved in play.

"We are at an ideal time to face any national team in any venue", Gareca, a former Argentina worldwide player, said.

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The Argentines moved the game from their usual home at the Monumental stadium to the tightly-packed Bombonera ground to get their passionate crowd behind them.

"Peruvians have to be calm".

We wish Fernando all the best in his recovery.

Led by Barcelona star Lionel Messi, the Argentines failed to convert a number of chances and now find themselves in sixth place in the South American qualifying group for the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup, level with Peru on 25 points but behind on goal difference.

However, they will not be at full strength with quartet Paolo Hurtado, Christian Cueva, Andre Carrillo and Christian Ramos all suspended.

Another said: "You won't be able to qualify". "We're wrong when we see him as a new Diego Maradona", psychologist stresses. Though the 30-year-old has been in prodigious form for the Catalan club winning every success imaginable, he has failed to replicate the same performances for his national team - failing to score from open play in 2017.

Adriana Garcia is a Valencia-based football writer who covers La Liga for ESPN FC.

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