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With Ecuador scoring a late equalizer against Chile in Santiago and Paraguay doing likewise against Colombia, Argentina would head into the final match — away to Ecuador — with high hopes of qualifying automatically for Russia 2018. But within the space of five chaotic minutes, Argentina’s World Cup fate fell out of their own hands and into those of their South American rivals. Alexis Sanchez’s late winner for Chile, coupled with Paraguay snatching an injury-time winner in Barranquilla, means the Albiceleste are now sixth in the table, outside the qualification places, and need other results to favor them in the final round of fixtures if they are to qualify automatically.

The top four in the South American table qualify automatically, with the fifth-placed side contesting an intercontinental play-off against New Zealand for a place at the World Cup. With Ecuador scoring a late equalizer against Chile in Santiago and Paraguay doing likewise against Colombia, Argentina would head into the final match — away to Ecuador — with high hopes of qualifying automatically for Russia 2018.

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