Argentina train ahead of crucial Peru qualifier

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 03:46 GMT, Oct 4, 2017 |

Argentina have reached three major finals in three years but the team that came so close to winning the 2014 World Cup face crunch games against Peru and Ecuador that will determine if they miss out on the global showpiece event for the first time since 1970.

Argentina desperately needs to beat Peru at home on Oct. 5 and go to Ecuador for their final match five days later. They lie fifth in the 10-team South American group, just below Peru on goal difference. They were busy training in capital Buenos Aires on Tuesday (October 3).

The top four teams qualify automatically for next year’s tournament in Russia and the fifth-placed side plays New Zealand in a two-legged playoff for an additional spot.

Former Chile and Seville coach Jorge Sampaoli took over four months ago with the sole task of getting what is arguably the world’s greatest collection of attacking talent to Russia. The problem, however, has been how to get the best out of it.

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