Argentina's Lionel Messi and Venezuela's Rolf Feltscher. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci
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It's getting anxious for teams and players fearing missing out on the World Cup.MESSI AND RONALDO Time is running out for the two best players in world football over the last decade. Not just to win the World Cup for the first time, either, because Ronaldo and Messi might not even make the trip to Russia.The final two qualifiers next month for the two-time world champions are against Peru – currently in fourth place – and Ecuador – chasing Argentina in fifth place for the right to face New Zealand in a playoff match. CHAMPIONS COLLAPSE The World Cup will be without African champions Cameroon. The fourth-place team are still plunged into a playoff against Australia or Syria to qualify for Russia.To qualify, Syria would have to beat Australia over two games in October and then overcome a CONCACAF opponent in a November playoff round.GERMAN FAN TROUBLE Germany's problem isn't qualifying for Russia: the World Cup holders lead their group by five points with two games remaining.
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