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Argentina reach new low: 73 shots without a goal in WC qualifiers

Argentina reach new low: 73 shots without a goal in WC qualifiers

It's getting late for Lionel Messi, who'll be 31 during next year's World Cup in Russian Federation. And it may not happen next year.

Argentina's 0-0 draw with Peru means there is a real possibility they, and Leo Messi, won't qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation. In case you haven't been paying attention to South American qualifying through their marathon process, one of the most famous soccer countries in the world is in serious danger of missing the World Cup.

The former Sevilla boss said: "I remain confident we'll be in the World Cup".

Argentina have also been poor at home this qualifying cycle, having lost twice and gone five games without a win.

The fifth-placed team will advance to a play-off against New Zealand next month. 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. Chile are third with Colombia fourth.

The TyC Sports television network claimed that Argentina are "on the ropes" and revealed their anxiety with the situation: "As it stands Argentina are out of the 2018 World Cup".

The only way that Lionel Messi is guaranteed a seat at Russia's 2018 banquet is if Argentina beat Ecuador away on Wednesday.

Argentina dominated possession and had its fair share of opportunities throughout the game.

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Lionel Messi hit the post on that chance and sent another first-half shot just wide of the mark, and eventually Argentina settled for a 0-0 home draw.

It's a tough task, but Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli told reporters that he believes his side will qualify.

Boca Juniors striker Dario Benedetto was given his first full debut in attack alongside Papu Gomez but they were unable to break the deadlock. He'd previously favoured a 3-4-3 but chose to switch to a 4-2-3-1 for his fifth match in charge of Argentina.

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"He said what he felt about playing beside the world's best player". "It's no easy feat".

Matches involving Peru have seen a whopping 51 goals fly in though, with La Blanquirroja registering 26 times and conceding 25, meaning it is unlikely they will keep their second clean sheet of the campaign. The two-time World Cup winners are on a 20+ year trophy drought.

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