Argentina's Lionel Messi, center, shares a light moment with teammates as they train for a 2018 Russia World Cup qualifying soccer match against Peru in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
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Argentina's stumbling 2018 World Cup qualification campaign faces another awkward hurdle Thursday as the misfiring South American giants take on in-form Peru in Buenos Aires.If South American champions Chile – currently in sixth place, one point adrift of Argentina – win their home match against Ecuador, and fourth-placed Peru win or draw in Buenos Aires, Argentina will head into the final round of games next week outside both the automatic qualifying and playoff places.The Peruvians secured a famous 2-2 draw at La Bombonera in 1969, which saw them qualify for the 1970 World Cup at the expense of Argentina. It was the last occasion Argentina failed to qualify for the World Cup.Whether the move to La Bombonera is able to provide the spark Argentina have lacked so far remains to be seen.
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