The Argentinians now lie in sixth, outside of the automatic qualification positions and the fifth-placed play-off berth. They will visit Ecuador in what will be their last chance to turn things around.
The match is on Wednesday, October 11 with kick-off at 12.30am BST (so late Tuesday night). The Argentine even retired from the team after failing to win the Copa America final against Chile. Fifth-placed Peru have 25 points, with Argentina one place behind on the same tally.
"On this occasion, I'm going to be happy if the team win even if they don't deserve it", he said. In those nine games, Argentina amassed 18 points. A win will guarantee the visitors a ticket to Russian Federation, while any other result will leave them sweating on events elsewhere. Antonio Valencia has been suspended, and Jefferson Montero has been ruled out with an injury.
"The passion with which one watches a World Cup game can lead to people with a history of heart troubles suffering strokes or heart attacks", the report, originally published during the 2014 tournament, begins.
BRAZIL have made light work of South America's notoriously long and arduous qualifying, and under normal circumstances would easily be able to beat Chile and surpass the 40 point mark.
But all eyes will be on Quito to see whether Russian Federation 2018 will be a World Cup that is played without one of the world's most glamorous teams and one of the sport's best players.
How did they get themselves into this mess?
Elsewhere on Tuesday, Chile could seal their qualification with victory over Brazil in Sao Paulo.
In addition, a Brazil victory against Chile could aid Argentina in possibly grabbing an automatic qualification spot. But behind them, there is an almighty battle for the remaining three spots.
It is unclear whether Sampaoli will persist with Benedetto again. As a result, the Juventus star will not be available for this game.
There is the chance that both Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo could miss out on the 2018 FIFA World Cup although both scenarios seem nearly impossible to imagine they are a possibility.
Argentina are yet to win in the Qualifiers since the arrival of Jorge Sampaoli.
Peru can qualify for its first World Cup since 1982 if it wins at home against Colombia, unless Chile beats Brazil, and Argentina beats Ecuador by a margin greater than Peru's margin over Colombia.
Both sides have been on negative runs.
Tonight, or half midnight tomorrow morning for those of us United Kingdom based, Argentina travel to Ecuador for their final match and they need a win to qualify.
Ecuador have posted a 4W 1D 3L record at home.
Sincethenin In World Cup qualifying games since, they have been beaten twice, in 2005 and 2009, before scraping a 1-1 draw in 2013.
Paraguay need to win to keep their chances alive. They need favours from everywhere.
Houses Ecuador lost two games in a row.