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December 16, 2017


The State Of The Ecuador Pitch Makes For Bad Viewing For Argentina

The State Of The Ecuador Pitch Makes For Bad Viewing For Argentina”

Ecuador have lost their last five qualifiers, with a place at Russian Federation already out of reach for them, but the side have not been beaten by Argentina in Quito since 2001.

"Destiny put things in your path that you don't imagine", Celico was quoted as saying by Argentine broadcaster TyC Sports.

Argentina will qualify automatically with a win on Wednesday unless Chile upset Brazil and Colombia beat Peru.

Martino also quit but Messi came back under new coach Edgardo Bauza, although the team did not improve and he was replaced by Sampaoli.

What do Argentina have to do to qualify for the 2018 World Cup?

With World Cup qualifying coming to a close, there is still everything to play for in South America with five teams battling over automatic qualification, as well as a play-off spot. Chile, Colombia and Peru are at third, fourth and fifth place respectively.

The matter is ensured by Tostao and this World Cup victor striker also claimed that Brazil already drawn consecutive two last matches and they are now desperate to win against Chile. But Argentina are distinctly average, even abject, without their superstar.

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Messi's only worldwide achievement remains the 2005 FIFA Under-20 World Cup where he won the Olympic gold.

Of course, Argentina - who are now 6th and outside the playoff spot - will be praying Brazil can do them a massive favour.

Peru host Colombia in a match that could decide the fate of both teams, while Chile face unbeaten Brazil in Sao Paulo.

They play at the Estadio Olimpico Atahualpa, a meagre 9,000ft above sea level - and the sort of lung-sapping conditions that makes a must-win game even harder. For the tour before the end of the selection, Ecuadorians with 20 points and goal difference 25-26 take 8th place in the group from which they will not move anywhere.

Since then, in World Cup qualifying games, they have been beaten twice- in 2005 and 2009- before scraping a 1-1 draw in 2013. Seven managers in 10 years? "It wouldn't happen anywhere else".

Brazil might have already qualified but they will play a very big role in who will join them in Russian Federation.

It gets worse. They have not scored a single goal in their last three away qualifiers, losing 3-0 in Brazil, 2-0 in Bolivia and drawing 0-0 against Uruguay, and that feeble form has contributed to a dismal overall record of just 16 goals from 17 games.

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