Paraguay goalkeeper Anthony Silva, left, and Chile's Arturo Vidal, center, during a 2018 World Cup qualifying soccer match in Santiago, Chile, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
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Lionel Messi and Argentina will seek to maintain the pressure on Chile with a victory over Venezuela Tuesday as South America's 2018 World Cup qualifying race enters the home stretch.A faltering campaign has left Argentina fifth in the standings with three games remaining, just outside the top four spots that guarantee automatic entry to next year's finals in Russia.An uninspiring 0-0 draw with Uruguay in Montevideo Thursday left Argentina level on 23 points with fourth-placed Chile, who lead on goal difference.Argentina were frustrated by a Uruguayan side that defended in depth and packed the midfield.Despite the nerviness of Argentina's campaign, their fans can console themselves with the thought that Chile have hardly been any more convincing.Paraguay are on 21 points, just two behind Argentina and Chile.
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