Argentina's 2018 World Cup spot in peril

Argentina's 2018 World Cup spot in peril

Only four South American teams qualify for the World Cup automatically, while the team that finishes fifth will face New Zealand in a two-legged inter-continental play-off.

Lionel Messi and Co. now sit in sixth spot in the qualification table, with only the top four automatically reaching the finals, and the fifth-placed team reaching a play-off.

The Argentines are in sixth place, with the top four teams advancing automatically to Russian Federation 2018. A goalless draw against qualification rivals Peru in Buenos Aires has left them sixth place in the South American qualification section with just one game left to play.

As it stands right now, Brazil, Uruguay, Chile, and Colombia would go to the World Cup while Peru would make it to the playoff.

"I am hopeful and confident that, if we play with the conviction that we showed today, we will be in the World Cup", he told a press conference, even after Argentina's drought of without a competitive goal from open play extended past the 450-minute mark.

Bolivia keeper Carlos Lampe made 11 saves in the match - the most by any keeper over the past two CONMEBOL qualifying cycles - as the hosts held on for a hard-fought point against the five-time champions.

Nigeria remain on course to qualify for a third successive World Cup, a feat they have achieved only once before in their history.

Reeling Chile earned a dramatic late 2-1 win over Ecuador in Santiago to keep their World Cups hopes alive.

United States immigration: Thousands of dreamers could lose protection as deadline DACA looms
She was smuggled into California having crossed the border with her 12-year-old brother in the trunk of a smuggler's auto . So far, the US agency has received less than 20 applications from the hurricane-struck regions.

A draw in Sao Paulo should be enough for at least a play-off spot, barring a seven-goal margin of victory for Paraguay over Venezuela.

This has become one of the tightest races for World Cup qualifying, but it is expected that Uruguay will clinch a berth Tuesday, but after that there are four teams that are chasing the final two spots that produce automatic berths.

Argentina showed promise and controlled possession for opening stages of both halves, although Peru eventually found their stride.

Jorge Sampaoli's side have only won six games out of 17 in the group, which means they face the serious possibility of missing out next summer.

Argentina should arguably have already finished up qualification as Brazil have, yet they now find themselves needing to beat Peru.

England qualified in contrasting fashion, scraping past Slovenia 1-0 thanks to Harry Kane's injury-time strike in a poor team performance at Wembley Stadium.

Argentina last missed the World Cup in 1970.