Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Are we about to witness Lionel Messi's final Argentina game?

Are we about to witness Lionel Messi's final Argentina game?

Last chance for Messi and Argentina to make it to the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russian Federation, when they will face Ecuador in a must win game tomorrow (Wednesday).

While the Ecuador team is experiencing a period of transition, they retain one crucial advantage: the altitude. A draw would be good enough for a playoff spot if Argentina wins, and there is a victor in the Peru-Colombia match. And also Chile will play against Brazil at the same time and if Chile will lose and Argentina will win, then again Argentina will move to the top four and get the ticket as well.

Argentina, who reached the final three years ago in Brazil, lie in sixth place in the 10-team South American group, now outside the qualifying places for Russian Federation. In addition to that, the over 2.5 goals is also a good option since both teams have great attacking options. But Oscar Cardozo and Antonio Sanabria scored late to lift Los Guaraníes to an unlikely win and keep their World Cup hopes alive.

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However, Colombian morale took a dent when they lost at home to Paraguay last week, while Peru are on the crest of a wave.

The two-time world champions, runners-up three years ago, have been a mainstay in the showpiece tournament since missing the 1970 edition in Mexico, but three consecutive draws have left Argentina adrift of the play-off spot on goals scored. Quito sits 2850 metres above sea level, resulting in a reduced oxygen supply and generally challenging conditions for football. But they made an unfortunate draw with them and demoted to the 6th position.

Messi had taken Argentina to the final of the 2014 World Cup before Germany beat the La Albiceleste.

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The 2014 World Cup finalists face their moment of truth after a series of uninspiring performances that has the sporting world scratching its head at how a squad bristling with so much attacking talent has found scoring so hard. 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.

But a draw or loss will mean they are at the mercy of other results and could slip into fifth place, or miss out altogether.

A draw will do if Brazil beat Chile by more than one goal and if Argentina draw and Paraguay fail to win.

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