Can Argentina AND Chile qualify from South America?

Can Argentina AND Chile qualify from South America?

Can Argentina AND Chile qualify from South America?

Lionel Messi and Argentina's hopes of reaching the 2018 World Cup were left hanging in the balance on Thursday after another stalemate on a nail-biting day of South American qualifying action.

The Bombonera is famed for its raucous atmosphere, though it was also where Peru drew 2-2 with Argentina in a World Cup qualifier in 1969 to ensure the Albiceleste wouldn't go to the 1970 tournament. The top four teams earn automatic qualification, while the fifth team will face New Zealand in a November qualifying playoff.

Only the top four teams in the South America group are guaranteed to be on their way to Russian Federation next year.

The Blanquirroja will host Colombia in Lima in their final qualifier on Tuesday, with both teams needing to win to be assured of a World Cup spot.

Despite the 0-0 draw, one more round of qualifying fixtures remain, and Argentina will need to beat Ecuador in the thin air of Quito in the Andes if they are to have any hopes of boarding the plane to Russian Federation.

Thankfully for Argentina, the dream isn't over yet, Paraguay's surprise win away to Colombia meaning that Messi's side could still realistically finish as high as third after the final round of games next week.

A win over Ecuador will be enough for Argentina, World Cup runners-up to Germany three years ago in Brazil, to secure at least a place in a playoff.

The Argentina national team boasts of having superstars in their team, Sergio Aguero, Angel Di Maria, Javier Pastore and Paulo Dybala to mention a few.

Argentina's remaining make or break fixtures come at home to Peru, South America's in-form side, and away to Ecuador in the altitude of Quito.

The two-time world champions opened their campaign with a 2-0 home defeat to Ecuador and have also lost to Bolivia, Colombia and Brazil.

Former Barcelona midfielder, Xavi Hernandez has stated that his former teammate Messi, gets pissed off if he is not given the ball.

In Santiago, Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez struck with five minutes left after Ecuador's Romario Ibarra cancelled out Eduardo Vargas's opener.

Elsewhere, a late victor by Alexis Sanchez helped Chile go above Argentina, who find themselves in sixth place with one game to go. This is an unusual spot for this side and as a result, it will be very interesting to see how this side plays.

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