We're angry but there is a conviction - Argentina coach
Oct 11 2017
Anything less and they're likely to sit out the tournament in Russian Federation the way Pedernera's team did in Mexico 48 years earlier.
Ecuador failed the second round of the South American selection, and instead of the usual position among the leaders flew past the world tournament.
A win would see them go through, but a draw would give them a possible playoff spot.
Peru held Argentina to a 0-0 draw in Buenos Aires on Thursday that left Sampaoli's team in sixth place in the 10-nation South American group, out of the qualifying places for Russian Federation.
Argentina made life even more hard for themselves after they were held to a goalless draw by Peru in their last home match. 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. Following Argentina's 0-0 draw against Peru in their penultimate qualifier, Jorge Sampaoli's side now sits sixth with just one game to play.
Now, the likes of Messi, Paulo Dybala, Angel Di Maria and Mauro Icardi have to come with their best game to help Argentina beat Ecuador.
"I proposed that after Noel Gallagher, who leaves at seven, we will televise the game of Argentina and then play U2", Daniel Grinbank, the organiser of the event, told La Nacion. A draw would likely put them in unless Chile gets a point from Brazil and Argentina and Paraguay both win, with the latter making up a significant amount of goal differential.
Brazil's players were reportedly administered with oxygen supply after their game against Ecuador at the Atahualpa. If the deal goes through, Messi's move will also reunite him with former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola, who is now in charge of Manchester City.
Argentina has scored only one goal in its last four matches.
Peru can qualify for its first World Cup since 1982 if it wins at home against Colombia, unless Chile beats Brazil, and Argentina beats Ecuador by a margin greater than Peru's margin over Colombia.
But if they fail to make it, Messi ― who would be in his mid-30s by the time of the next World Cup - would nearly certainly forever be condemned to be judged by the tedious argument that he's not really a great player because he's never won the World Cup.
Things are not looking good, can Messi do it on his own?
Fresh from winning LaLiga with Barcelona, and widely regarded as one of the world's finest players, the 26-year-old missed out on the opportunity to stamp his authority on the biggest stage of all after Portugal finished behind Germany and Ukraine in their qualifying group for the 1998 World Cup in France. Messi is the best, full stop.