Lionel Messi, Argentina standing in All Whites' path to 2018 World Cup

But at this stage, it’s still Argentina.

Paraguay beat Chile comfortably in the South American World Cup qualifier match to keep their hopes alive to enter the finals in Russian Federation next year.

The Oceania berth will be decided on Friday and Tuesday, when the highly-favoured All Whites face the Solomon Islands in two legs.

The Bayern Munich man stretched to reach a Paraguay free-kick in the 25th minute of the World Cup qualifier, but instead of clearing to safety he instead headed into the top corner of Claudio Bravo’s goal from 12 yards out.

November 6 for the first leg of a play-off.

The agreement to submit a joint bid was made possible by the good relations among the Presidents of those three South American nations, Argentine President Mauricio Macri and Uruguayan head of state Tabare Vazquez, Dominguez said.

With Chile extremely strong at home there seems no reason to oppose the hosts, even with the situation regarding Sanchez’s future still unclear at the time of writing, and backing them to be winning at half time and full time at 11/10 (2.10) should appeal.

“For Conmebol, it’s priority No 1 to work toward returning the World Cup in 2030 to where it originated”, Alejandro Dominguez said on Thursday after meeting in Asuncion with Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes, reports Efe.

Earlier on Thursday, Paraguay kept their slim qualification hopes alive with a shock 3-0 defeat of reigning Copa America champions Chile in Santiago. Their only other victory in the current campaign came with a late goal at bottom side Venezuela with Paraguay losing in Peru, Uruguay, Bolivia and Brazil.

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