Ecuador to attack from outset against Argentina, says coach

Doug Mendoza
October 11, 2017

Argentina does not lose in the last five matches, but in the selection matches, she cannot win in the last 4 meetings, losing 1 time and three draws.

- A from that "draw" could see Argetina move above Chile and Colombia - as long as both the teams lose by a two-goal margin.

Lionel Messi's Argentina are outside the CONMEBOL qualifying places and in danger of failing to book a spot at Russian Federation 2018 heading into Tuesday's do-or-die clash against Ecuador at altitude in Quito.

There is, then, a real danger that Argentina, Lionel Messi and all, will be missing from the 2018 World Cup.

Jokela agreed that for Argentina the "World Cup 2018 is a whole new ball game from the Qualifying campaign and if/when Argentina qualify for the tournament, they might be much stronger and united team after a more than challenging World Cup Qualifying campaign".

Peru can qualify for its first World Cup since 1982 if it wins at home against Colombia, unless Chile beats Brazil, and Argentina beats Ecuador by a margin greater than Peru's margin over Colombia.

Elsewhere on Tuesday, Chile could seal their qualification with victory over Brazil in Sao Paulo. For the tour before the end of the selection, the Argentines do not get to the world forum with 25 points and the goal difference is 16-15 occupying the 6th place in the table. A draw would be good enough for a playoff spot if Argentina wins, and there is a victor in the Peru-Colombia match.

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"The team is angry but thinking that if they win in Ecuador, they will qualify", added Sampaoli.

Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli is set to take a last, desperate gamble in their do-or-die mission against Ecuador.

The good news - or bad news - depending on your perspective, is that Lionel Messi and Argentina are unlikely to be making the trip across the Pacific ocean.

Tite's men have only bragging rights to play for, but a win would guarantee automatic qualification for Chile.

Argentina have not won in Ecuador since 2001, losing twice and drawing twice in their most recent visits, and this week's hosts have only lost seven of their last 39 home qualifiers.

In a match that encapsulates all the rising tension of the last few matchdays, fourth-placed Colombia, who have 26 points to their name, travel to fifth-placed Peru, who lie a point behind them. Peru also have a chance even if they draw or lose. Therefore, winning against Ecuador is imperative if they want to keep themselves alive.

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