Argentina face Peru in crucial clash

The South American giants welcome Peru before travelling to Ecuador for World Cup qualifiers

As it stands right now, Brazil, Uruguay, Chile, and Colombia would go to the World Cup while Peru would make it to the playoff.

Colombia could finish as high as second with a win and as low as seventh with a defeat in their final game against fifth-placed Peru.

They meet already-eliminated Ecuador, on Tuesday night, who now sit two places below in the table.

Despite their perilous position, Sampaoli is convinced Argentina will be in Russian Federation next summer.

The team managed only a 0-0 draw in their qualifying match against Peru on Thursday, October 5.

Meanwhile, Wales' World Cup hopes were dealt a considerable blow with the news talisman Gareth Bale would miss the final two qualifiers through injury. "I remain hopeful that if we play like today (Thursday), we are going to qualify". And La Albirroja have a very good chance of sneaking into the playoff spot because they play Venezuela (a team that has won just once so far), provided Argentina lose. One of the world's greatest players, Messi left Argentina for Spain at the age of 13 to train with FC Barcelona, the La Liga titan for which he's played his entire professional career.

Emiliano Rigoni, who replaced Angel Di Maria at halftime, then had a golden chance to score on his debut but shot wide after fine work from Messi.

A downcast Lionel Messi during Argentina's draw with Peru. Their last two results in the group reflect this: a 1-1 draw against Colombia followed by a 0-0 draw against a Bolivia who were already eliminated.

Brazil and Bolivia played an entertaining 0-0 draw in a game that did nothing to change either side's World Cup fate. Uruguay are all but qualified but for Chile, Columbia, Peru, Argentina and Paraguay there is still the possibility that they can still find their way through the group and onto the plane to Russian Federation in 2018.

Through 17 matches, a country with players like Messi, Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Aguero to name a few have 16 goals and now a nightmare scenario is suddenly creeping closer to reality.

Eduardo Vargas gave Chile a first-half lead before Romario Ibarra equalised for Ecuador on 84 minutes.

Brazil have been on fire and they top the group with 38 points, having secured qualification some six months ago.

Radamel Falcao scored with a deft lob to put Colombia 1-0 ahead in the 79th minute, but the Colombians inexplicably continued to press forward and were twice caught on the break by Paraguay.