Argentina face acid test against Peru

Argentina are currently fifth in the 10-nation group, from which the top four qualify automatically while the fifth goes into a playoff against the fourth-placed team from the North and Central America and Caribbean (CONCACAF) region.

Failure to beat the already eliminated Peru at home would put Diego Maradona's team in serious danger of missing the finals for the first time since 1970. They play Uruguay away in their last qualifier on October 14.

Ecuador are fourth, behind Brazil and Paraguay who have already qualified for next year's finals in South Africa and four points below third-placed Chile.

They are at home to Uruguay in Quito, with the advantage of being accustomed to the altitude at 2,850 metres above sea level.

"Here we have to make Quito count and show one plays in Quito with a lot of football, quick attacks and of course fighting spirit," coach Sixto Vizuete told reporters.

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