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Argentina draw with Peru, World Cup hopes in balance - The Hindu

Argentina's Lionel Messi gestures at the end of the goalless 2018 World Cup qualifier football match against Peru in Buenos Aires on Thursday. | Photo Credit: AFP. AFP. Buenos Aires , October 06, 2017 07:30 IST. Updated: October 06, 2017 08:00 IST ...and more »

Argentina's fate hangs in the balance after lacklustre Peru draw - The Hindu

Twice champion and 2014 runner-up Argentina is in serious danger of failing to reach the 2018 World Cup finals after being held to a 0-0 draw by Peru on Thursday. Lionel Messi's side is on 25 points in sixth place in the 10-team South American group ...and more »

Unthinkable! Argentina's 2018 World Cup qualification in jeopardy - Economic Times

A World Cup without Argentina and Lionel Messi? Unthinkable, right? After the events of Thursday night at La Bombanera, home to Boca Juniors, the impossible is very much possible. Peru held on for a 0-0 draw, with Messi striking the post and his ...and more »

Back from the brink: How Peru reached the World Cup to complete rebirth of a South American footballing great - The Independent

In June 1969 General Juan Velasco, the military dictator of Peru, gave a famous speech in Lima. The previous year he had seized power in a bloodless coup, promising to revolutionise the country's ailing economy, nationalise foreign businesses and ...and more »

A World Cup without Messi? South American qualifying gets intense - Soccer America

The last time Argentina missed a World Cup came in 1970 when it was eliminated with 2-2 tie against Peru at La Bombonera, the Boca Juniors stadium that plays host to Thursday's crucial Argentina-Peru qualifier for the 2018 World Cup. Peru, South ...and more »

Unthinkable is now a grim reality – World Cup could be without Lionel Messi - South China Morning Post

Argentina awakened on Friday to the horrifying possibility of a World Cup without the “world's best player”, Lionel Messi. The Albiceleste drew 0-0 at home to Peru on Thursday to fall not only out of the four automatic South American qualifying places ...and more »

World Cup 2018 qualifying: 10 things to look out for in this week's games - The Guardian

Argentina are at risk of missing out on the finals for the first time since 1970. Photograph: Stringer/Reuters. 1) History repeating itself at La Bombonera? World Cup 2018: which teams can book their finals place in Russia this week? Read more. Lose or ...and more »

2018 Fifa World Cup qualifiers: Argentina's hopes on line - Deccan Chronicle

The 2014 World Cup finalists have lurched from one disappointment to the next since South America's qualifiers kicked off two years ago. Argentina's Lionel Messi (centre) at a training session in Buenos Aires, on Tuesday. They are presently fifth on ...and more »

Reminiscences of the Falklands' war triggered by the Argentina/Peru Russia 2018 qualifier - MercoPress

The building up to the South American qualifier for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, between Argentina and Peru, which was played in Buenos Aires on Thursday evening, resurfaced the strong political and military alliance of the two countries, particularly ...and more »

South America World Cup permutations: Argentina and Chile in danger - SkySports

Argentina could fail to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since Mexico 1970 after Peru held them to a 0-0 draw in Buenos Aires on Thursday. Four South American teams will qualify automatically, with the fifth-placed team going into a play ...and more »