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Argentina 0-0 Peru: 5 Talking Points, 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying

Sunaadh Sagar
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62.72K   //    06 Oct 2017, 08:50 IST

Messi Argentina Peru 5 Talking Points
Lionel Messi faces the prospect of missing out on a World Cup aged 30

Argentina's perilous standing in the 2018 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL Qualifiers took a turn for the worse with a goalless draw against Peru at La Bombanera tonight.

Lionel Messi tried his utmost to create something for Argentina, but the finishing touch escaped him and his teammates, as Peru earned a deserved point. The result leaves 6th placed Argentina needing at least a point away to Ecuador in their final game.

Here are the major talking points from the game


#1 Where have all the goals gone?

10 nations in CONMEBOL - and Argentina have only outscored Bolivia in this qualifying campaign. It is criminal for a nation that can call upon Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain, Mauro Icardi, Paulo Dybala and Lionel Messi to have faltered so badly.

By the end of the night, the stats for Argentina were damning - they've not scored from their last 73 shots on goal, and the fact that their only goal in the last four qualifying games was an own goal seems barely believable.

You couldn't even blame their strikers for wilting under the pressure - the Argentine FA have fielded these qualifying games in different stadiums with the hope of the 12th man motivating their players, and La Bombanera did not disappoint. Even when Argentina looked frustratingly mediocre for large spells of the game, the raucous atmosphere remained - only for an eery silence to grip the stadium in the last 10 minutes as La Albiceleste threw the kitchen sink.

Hell, an actual kitchen sink might have scored.

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