FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifiers: Argentina's draw, Chile's loss puts South American powerhouses' qualification in jeopardy

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 06 September 2017, 11:58 AM

Argentina and Chile's chance for qualifying for the 2018 World Cup received a massive jolt after the South American heavyweights did not deliver the expected results in their qualifying campaign to Russia.

Two-time world champions Argentina escaped defeat at the hands of an already eliminated Venezuela, thanks to a second-half own goal which helped them snatch a 1-1 draw in Buenos Aires while. meanwhile, Copa America champions Chile were down in the dumps crashing to a 1-0 defeat against Bolivia in La Paz.

The results left 2014 World Cup finalists Argentina and reigning Copa America champions Chile outside of the automatic qualifying places and sets up nail-biting final two rounds of matches in October.

At the top of the table, Brazil has already qualified and assured themselves of first place. The Brazilians picked up another point on Tuesday with a 1-1 draw against third-placed Colombia in Barranquilla.

First Published: Wednesday, September 06, 2017 11:52 AM
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