Colombia vs Peru, will Colombia qualify in Lima?

Colombia vs Peru, will Colombia qualify in Lima?

If Argentina wins on the road at Ecuador, Messi will be in Russian Federation, leapfrogging the Colombia-Peru loser (or both if they tie) and possibly Chile if it doesn't beat Brazil.

At that stage, the last three of the four automatic qualifiers will be found, as well as the fifth-placed team, who will face the All Whites in a two-legged playoff next month.

A disparaging draw with Peru last week has left La Albiceleste desperately needing a victory over Ecuador tonight if they want to save their dwindling World Cup hopes.

Following Argentina's 0-0 draw against Peru in their penultimate qualifier, Jorge Sampaoli's side now sits sixth with just one game to play.

And if Argentina win, then the loser between Peru and Colombia will go down under the Argentina and team Lionel Messi will have the chance to participate Russia World Cup through play off. Argentina lie in sixth place, below the one play-off spot, having scored a paltry 16 goals in 17 games.

In a match that encapsulates all the rising tension of the last few matchdays, fourth-placed Colombia, who have 26 points to their name, travel to fifth-placed Peru, who lie a point behind them.

Here's a look at how Argentina can qualify for the 2018 showpiece event.

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Ecuador have lost their past five qualifiers and are already eliminated - but Argentina have not beaten them in Quito since 2001.

On the other hand, Uruguay, which is in second place, can qualify even if it loses against Bolivia, which is also disqualified.

Chile have been poor in the qualifying campaign, and are on the brink of elimination heading into their final game. Brazil have already qualified for Russian Federation on 38 points, while Uruguay (28) need just a draw from their final game against Bolivia to advance.

While they have endured an terrible qualifying campaign, the thought of taking on the likes of Messi, Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria in the capital would be a daunting one. If Colombia and Chile win, they would go to a playoff.

That's because they host third-place Chile and that result will have huge implications on who qualifies.

Game on. A win would surely put Argentina through with 28 points, barring some unforeseen results elsewhere in South America. For that to happen, Paraguay must fail to beat Venezuela, and Peru must lose to Colombia by a larger margin than the margin of Argentina's loss.

A draw will do if Brazil beat Chile by more than one goal and if Argentina draw and Paraguay fail to win.