Argentina Held by Venezuela at Home

Buenos Aires — Argentina came from behind to

draw 1-1 with Venezuela, but their inability to take what should have

been an easy three points means the 2014 losing finalists are still a

long way from guaranteeing their place in Russia next year, the

Spanish Marca newspaper said.

The home side had won all six of their previous home qualifiers

against Venezuela and were expected to do the same against the team

that is bottom of the South American group and without a win in 10


Argentina’s failure to take all three points left them fifth in the

standings with two matches remaining, out of the top four spots, which

bring with them direct qualification for the finals.

Uruguay, who won 2-1 away at Paraguay, are in second-place

with 27 points, followed by Colombia on 26.

Peru, who have not played in the World Cup Finals since 1982,

beat Ecuador 2-1 earlier in the evening to move into fourth place with

24 points, ahead of Argentina on goal difference.

The fifth-placed side go into an intercontinental playoff against

New Zealand, the Marca reported.

Source: Oman News Agency

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