2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Wrap (South America): Argentina Face Big Hurdle To Qualify After Uninspiring Draw; Magnificent Lampe Thwarts Brazil

2-time world champions Argentina are on the brink of not qualifying for the first FIFA World Cup since 1970 after they dropped out of the qualifying positions with a disappointing goalless draw with Peru.

Jorge Sampaoli’s team missed several goalscoring opportunities against a Peru side that’s making a giant stride towards Russia 2018 and will now need at least a win in the final game at Ecuador to have any chance of making it through to Russia.

Bolivia goalkeeper Carlos Lampe produced one of the best goalkeeping heroics in recent times to earn his side a hard fought goalless home draw with leaders Brazil. He denied Neymar, Gabriel Jesus and co to keep an impressive clean sheet against one of the early favourites for Russia 2018.

There were also morale boosting wins for Chile and Paraguay over Ecuador and Colombia respectively. Both sides snatched a late win through goals from Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez (Chile) and Antonio Sanabria (Paraguay).

Matchday 17 Results:

Bolivia 0-0 Brazil

Chile 2-1 Ecuador

Venezuela 0-0 Uruguay

Colombia 1-2 Paraguay

Argentina 0-0 Peru

Matchday 18 (Final) Fixtures:

Peru vs. Colombia

Ecuador vs. Argentina

Brazil vs. Chile

Uruguay vs. Bolivia

Paraguay vs. Venezuela

Current Standings:

  1. Brazil 38 points
  2. Uruguay 28 points
  3. Chile 26 points
  4. Colombia 26 points
  5. Peru 25 points
  6. Argentina 25 points
  7. Paraguay 24 points
  8. Ecuador 20 points
  9. Bolivia 14 points
  10. Venezuela 9 points