Messi gets pissed off if not given the ball - Xavi

  • Messi gets pissed off if not given the ball - Xavi

Messi gets pissed off if not given the ball - Xavi

The prospect of a World Cup without Lionel Messi edged nearer to reality on Thursday, as Argentina struggled to a 0-0 draw with Peru in Buenos Aires.

The Albiceleste drew 0-0 at home to Peru on Thursday to fall not only out of the four automatic South American qualifying places for next year's finals in Russian Federation, but also the fifth place that offers a play-off spot against New Zealand.

With the South American qualifiers being split into one huge league, that Brazil are well top of, the top four qualify automatically and the fifth placed team goes into a play-off, this time against New Zealand.

Messi's side are now level on both points and goal difference with fifth-placed Peru, who are ahead on goals scored.

The top four nations qualify directly for Russian Federation 2018 with the fifth-ranked team progressing to an inter-continental playoff against New Zealand.

Brazil, who have already qualified in first place, were held to a 0-0 draw by eliminated Bolivia in La Paz earlier on Thursday. Chile is third with Colombia fourth, both on 26 points.

"I am convinced that if we are as we were today, that Argentina is going to the World Cup", he said.

Chile's match-winner Alexis Sanchez.

But Oscar Cardozo struck one minute from time, and Antonio Sanabria fired home two minutes later to give the Paraguayans the improbable win. Peru had protested in vain against relocation to "Bombonera"- team even brought ir own water to Buenos Aires because y did not trust Argentines.

But you only need to look at Fernando Gago's performance last night to know how much playing for their country means to Lionel Messi and co.

If Argentina draw, things get even more complicated. With the home team possessing players like Messi, they will need to draw some plan to tackle the Barcelona star.

Uruguay, who are second with 28 points from 17 games, missed the chance to book their place in Russian Federation after being frustrated 0-0 away at Venezuela. "It would really be unfair if a group that put it all out there - like they did - does not advance". "It's true they're in a hard situation in South American qualifying, but we can all agree that if they qualify for the World Cup they will be one of the favourites".

For Argentina to be able to book their flights to Russian Federation, they would need a victory coupled with EITHER a draw between Peru and Colombia OR Chile failing to win in Brazil.