Trending: Argentina have to step up, follow Lionel Messi example - Jorge Sampaoli

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The PSG forward and the Argentine captain always publicly showed their friendship during the Brazilian's time at Barcelona, so it would come as no surprise that Neymar wants to see Messi in Russian Federation come next summer. The only way for Uruguay to fall to fifth is: it loses to Bolivia, plus Chile, Colombia and Argentina all win — and Argentina scores at least nine goals to overtake Uruguay on goal difference.

In most of our lifetimes there's a few things that are inevitable about a World Cup; Italy will be underrated, Germany will go far no matter what, England will underachieve in the eyes of most and people will complain that Lionel Messi hasn't single handedly won the World Cup.

"If we are up to Messi's standards in tomorrow's game then we'll be alright", Sampaoli said. And at the same time, Peru and Colombia will play against each other and if the match will end up with draw, Argentina will enter the top four ranked and get the ticket of next World Cup directly.

Peru can qualify for its first World Cup since 1982 if it wins at home against Colombia, unless Chile beats Brazil, and Argentina beats Ecuador by a margin greater than Peru's margin over Colombia.

In addition, a Brazil victory against Chile could aid Argentina in possibly grabbing an automatic qualification spot.

"Can you imagine what the show's going to be like if Argentina wins?"

"The team is angry but thinking that if they win in Ecuador, they will qualify", added Sampaoli.

However, they did avoid defeat in 10 of their qualification matches and will be no pushover for their illustrious and desperate opponents. A brutally honest Arjen Robben admits Netherlands have no chance of securing the miracle seven-goal victory over Sweden required to book a World Cup playoff berth. A win would grant them a playoff berth, and a win could even send them straight to Russian Federation. But they can still hope for the playoffs spot, if Argentina lose and Paraguay fail to beat Venezuela.

The home venue of Quito is at high altitude, and Argentina have suffered there in the past, with little oxygen to sustain an empowered display.

Argentina still have a chance to quality automatically if other results go in their favour as well. Therefore, winning against Ecuador is imperative if they want to keep themselves alive.

Sampaoli, who took over in June and has yet to record a competitive win, has not named his side for the match but Lionel Messi is sure to start.

But Argentina has struggled to score in qualifying.

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