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Argentina must have trouble sleeping as doubts over World Cup grow — Tite

Claudio Bravo was in goal as Chile were thrashed 3-0 by Brazil to end their World Cup dreams Claudio Bravo was in goal as Chile were thrashed 3-0 by Brazil to end their World Cup dreams
Federico Mansilla | Octubre 10, 2017, 15:49

"We earned everything we have and they will have to earn it to clinch the spot".

South America wraps up regional qualifying on Tuesday. Three other teams will gain automatic berths, and one more qualifies for a playoff next month against New Zealand. Uruguay is next with 28 and is a cinch to qualify.

Chile has been a solid team in this CONMEBOL region, currently third with 26 points.

Brazil has been the only team in the CONMEBOL region that has been above and beyond the competition.

A World Cup without Argentina and Messi would hurt the TV networks, Russian ticket sales, and FIFA, which needs an exciting tournament to distract from any problems off the pitch.

Lionel Messi's Argentina are outside the CONMEBOL qualifying places and in danger of failing to book a spot at Russia 2018 heading into Tuesday's do-or-die clash against Ecuador at altitude in Quito.

Brazil head coach Tite believes Argentina must be having trouble sleeping as they face the possibility of missing the World Cup for the first time since 1970.

"We think we have the weapons to do it, " Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo said. But we improved in the last match.

Tite also hinted he will give another chance to left-back Alex Sandro since Marcelo is injured as well.

After Monday's training at Allianz Parque, Tite confirmed Brazil will test goalkeeper Ederson as a starter.

It's stated Pep Guardiola will be watching the match and the goalkeepers closely.

The price of 19/20 (1.95) for under 2.5 goals looks appealing and this bet has paid out in each of the last three meetings between the two sides.

Team Chile is included in the expanded pool of applicants for participation in the world championship. "And it won't change now".

Vidal's booking in the win over Ecuador last week means he is suspended, and he told Radio Continental: "I'm gutted, it's terrible that I can't play". As his teammates trained on Sunday in Sao Paulo - just a few metres away from the Brazilians - Aranguiz ran on the sidelines.