World Cup 2010 Qualifying: Argentina vs. Peru

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The Albicelestes are well aware that anything less than 3 points at home to Peru tonight could lead to World Cup elimination.

Can you imagine football’s biggest showcase not featuring Argentina? Well, they last failed to make the finals in 1970.

More fans are rooting for Diego Maradona than are against him. But the 48-year-old Argentina coach lost more matches than he has won, and time is running out.

Maradona wants to prove something, but we don’t think it is working.

The Argentines, World Cup champions in 1978 and 1986, currently lie in fifth spot, and are five points behind Chile.

Uruguay, Venezuela and Colombia are also in the running for qualification. Bolivia and Peru are already eliminated, but will make sure that they avoid the embarrassment of finishing last in the standings.

To keep hopes alive, Lionel Messi and company must ensure a victory this evening. They will also be hoping for Ecuador to drop points in their two games against Uruguay and Chile.

The match kicks-off at 6:00 p.m. ET.

UPDATE: Argentina beat Peru 2-1 to get back on track toward the 2010 World Cup. The victory moved the Albicelestes up to fourth place in the CONMEBOL qualifying standings, a point ahead of Uruguay, whom they play on Wednesday, and two clear of Ecuador.