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Have Argentina ever failed to qualify for the World Cup before?

CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying

A win will guarantee a play-off place and might even send them automatically to Russian Federation, but a draw will leave them reliant on other results and a defeat will eliminate them.

Argentina have it all to do.

Jokela continued: "If Argentina didn't make it to the tournament- there would be an impact on outright odds as Argentina are now #5 favourite to win World Cup 2018 - other favourites' odds like Germany's, France's, Brazil's, Spain's, Belgium's and England's would naturally drop a bit".

The other pertinent match sees Paraguay face bottom of the table Venezuela in Asuncion, and Los GuaranĂ­es will be strong favourites given what is at stake. Brazil was the first country to qualify for next summer's World Cup.

If it wins, it is guaranteed at least a playoff with New Zealand, and that result might also yield an automatic berth. The good news is that a victory would nearly certainly see them progress to next summer's festivities in Russian Federation, barring the unlikely scenario of Chile winning away at runaway group leaders Brazil.

The Argentinians now lie in sixth, outside of the automatic qualification positions and the fifth-placed play-off berth.

A sight which none could've imagined, Lionel Messi is in serious danger of missing out of next year's event. If all goes well the victory against Ecuador might even help them qualify directly for the World Cup, but for that to happen both Colombia and Chile should lose their respective matches against Peru and Brazil.

Argentina can simplify the equation for their fans, however, if they manage to take all three points. The bad news is that they have not won at the Estadio Olimpico Atahualpa in the Ecuadorian capital of Quito, which stands 2,782 meters above sea level, since 2001.

For some Argentines, the troubles of the national team have been a long time coming.

Brazil is the go-to team for an overwhelming majority of my countrymen when it comes to the FIFA World Cup. He dipped out on a home tournament four years later as well, with manager Aime Jacquet instead choosing to build his team around Zinedine Zidane.

Chile could seal their qualification with victory over Brazil in Sao Paulo.

Brazil host Chile in their final World Cup qualifier. They've been to 11 straight World Cups dating back to 1974 and the world's best player needs a result or he'll forever tarnish his legacy.