Buenos Aires [Argentina], Oct. 6 (ANI): Argentina's hopes of reaching the 2018 World Cup suffered a major blow after a shock goalless draw against Peru on a nail-biting day of South American qualifying action on Thursday.
Messi - playing ahead of Paulo Dybala who was an unused substitute along with Mauro Icardi - couldn't inspire his team to victory as his team-mates failed to capitalize during the entire match, reports goal.com.
The result left Argentina in sixth place in the standings. The first four teams qualify automatically, with the fifth-placed team advancing to a playoff against New Zealand in November.
The goalless stalemate has now set up a nail-biting finale next week, with only two points separating third-placed Chile and seventh-placed Paraguay.
Argentina's final qualifier is a challenging away trip to Ecuador in the thin air of Quito. (ANI)