Argentina could ruled out from the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2018 but they are confident and determined to beat Ecuador in their home ground. A win will guarantee a play-off place and might even send them automatically to Russian Federation, but a draw will leave them reliant on other results and a defeat will eliminate them.
Peru and Colombia play each other whilst Chile play already qualified Brazil. It's not gonna happen - Luis Suarez is going to the World Cup. Should Brazil lose to Chile, they could do Neymar a favour and ensure his biggest continental rival does not have the same safe passage to Russian Federation. A win and Chile is in.
Messi hit the woodwork twice in Argentina's 0-0 draw with Peru and may well need to be at his very best again in Ecuador.
Chile can also reach an automatic berth, or a playoff, with a loss.
In that doomsday scenario, it would depend on the result of the Peru-Colombia result as to whether Chile finished fifth or sixth.
The phrase 'must-win-match' is often used premiscuously.
Uruguay need only take a point in their home qualifier against already-eliminated Bolivia to be certain of progressing. The omens are good for Los Cafeteros, who have won their last four qualifying meetings with the Peruvians. Los Cafeteros are in for sure with a win. Colombia has the same 26 points but there is a little goal difference and so, they are one step behind than Chile.
"I can't imagine what it is like for others; they must be having trouble sleeping".
"One of the problems of this campaign is that Messi has missed 8 matches - in which Argentina managed just 7 points".
The two-time world champions and 2014 runners-up face missing out on the tournament for the first time since 1970 ahead of their final qualifying game in Ecuador.
Argentina has scored only one goal in its last four matches.
If Peru loses, La Blanquirroja would require Argentina and Paraguay to both lose, without losing by more than Argentina loses.
Sampaoli, who took over in June and has yet to record a competitive win, has not named his side for the match but Lionel Messi is sure to start. Neymar left Barcelona to get out of Messi's shadow and become the best player in the world. They simply have to beat Ecuador on Wednesday to give themselves any chance of qualifying.
A victory would guarantee they finish no worse than fifth place, putting them into a two-legged play-off against New Zealand they would be expected to win.
On that occasion, Argentina tried a frenetic counter-attacking style that played in to the hands of the hosts. Lionel Messi has put in solid performances for his country but the biggest problem for La Albiceleste has been finding a consistent scorer that can link up with Messi.