They need to play some quality football against Peru at La Bombonera on Thursday. But football God had no mercy, ball simply did not want to go in.
Several generations of Argentines have no idea what it's like to be out of the World Cup.
For "Albiceleste" would be sixth-stand now-not re. People still say that Messi is not as good as Diego Maradona, as he has never won the World Cup. The "Incas" have been able to qualify for a World Cup for first time in 35 years. Chile are third with Colombia fourth.
"Tomorrow (today) we are going out there and giving it everything", Sampaoli told reporters.
La Bombonera, the raucous home of Boca Juniors, will host the match. By Javier Cáceres more.
The All Whites' path to Russian Federation has become even murkier after the penultimate round of South American qualifying. A win in Brazil would see them go through. The fifth-place team can advance by winning a playoff against New Zealand.
They attempted 13 shots at goal against Peru and hit the target seven times, yet failed to beat the goalkeeper on every single occasion. Brazil has 38 points, followed by: Uruguay (28), Chile (26), Colombia (26), Peru (25), Argentina (25) and Paraguay (24).
A whole country had been feverishly fighting game.
If there's one thing that could ruin Peru's dreams of the World Cup, however, it's their defense, which has been the biggest reason why Peru isn't even higher on the table.
A win over Ecuador will be enough for Argentina to secure at least a place in a play-off. In addition, Chile has a very hard task with Arturo Vidal of FC Bayern München in Brazil.
That has lead the Argentina coach to leave out Juventus ace Dybala from his starting line-up, saying it was "too risky" to have him alongside five-time Ballon d'Or victor Lionel Messi.
It's a sign of the instability of the Argentina team that it's had three coaches during these qualifiers.
Dybala previously said he struggles when playing with his idol, Messi, due to their nearly identical characteristics and similar positions.
The Peruvian paper also reports that their national team will bring their own bottles of water to drink during the game.
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.
However, manager Sampaoli, who has drawn all three games during his tenure, is still confident his team can qualify for the tournament.