Ecuador to attack from outset against Argentina, says coach

Ecuador to attack from outset against Argentina, says coach

Here is what each CONMEBOL team needs to do to qualify for the World Cup.

Ecuador has not lost to Argentina since August 15, 2001, for 4 matches, winning and drawing in 2 draws. If all goes well the victory against Ecuador might even help them qualify directly for the World Cup, but for that to happen both Colombia and Chile should lose their respective matches against Peru and Brazil.

Peru held Argentina to a 0-0 draw in Buenos Aires on Thursday that left Sampaoli's team in sixth place in the 10-nation South American group, out of the qualifying places for Russian Federation.

Former Argentina striker Mario Kempes believes that only Maradona fans will be happy if Lionel Messi does not make the World Cup. A defeat, and they will fail to qualify if both Argentina and Paraguay win. However, the team of Sampaoli has no lack of confidence till now. But Oscar Cardozo and Antonio Sanabria scored late to lift Los Guaraníes to an unlikely win and keep their World Cup hopes alive.

It wasn't for a lack of trying from the superstar.

Is the Ecuador vs Argentina game online? Messi was unsurprisingly active and threatening, both creating several opportunities for teammates and almost finishing a few of his own.

Could Ecuador dig in at home and take advantage of the altitude?

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Dario Benedetto did not impress against Peru in his home stadium. Messi pounced on the careening rebound but his spinning attempt teasingly hit the post and ricocheted away from danger. The magic of Lionel Messi could not drag Argentina to victory, nor could the constant growl of La Bombonera. But Gallese was up to the challenge again.

That result promoted Messi to quit global football, fearing he might be responsible for his country's jinx. How frustrated would you be if you were him? With Messi now entering his thirties, this could be one of the last chances he gets to clinch global silverware; something that has eluded him throughout his career with La Albiceleste.

Argentina, who have won the World Cup twice, have taken just three points in their last four games.

A World Cup without Argentina is unfathomable and there's no doubt the inquisition will start with him should the side fail to book their spot at Russian Federation next summer. A draw could also yield a playoff for Argentina.

A win would see them go through, but a draw would give them a possible playoff spot.

Brazil host Chile in their final World Cup qualifier.

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