That has lead the Argentina coach to leave out Juventus ace Dybala from his starting line-up, saying it was "too risky" to have him alongside five-time Ballon d'Or victor Lionel Messi. But football God had no mercy, ball simply did not want to go in.
A draw in this game would benefit Peru more than Argentina. Nine years later, and again in Buenos Aires, a 6-1 blow-out of the Inca helped Argentina advance from the first round of the World Cup on home soil, amid widespread allegations that their opponents - particularly goalkeeper Ramon Quiroga, born in Argentina - had been bribed or intimidated by the military dictatorship and rolled over. And La Albirroja have a very good chance of sneaking into the playoff spot because they play Venezuela (a team that has won just once so far), provided Argentina lose. To all troubles, even long-standing rival Chile passed through a 2:1 against Ecuador.
"Our situation is not very comfortable", Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli admitted to reporters after the stalemate. "We've seen a fighting Messi today, with a face that needs Argentina", says Sampaoli.
Argentina had last registered a victory in a World Cup Qualifier in Quito in 2001. Some of that was down to some heroic defending from Peru, some of it was down to the wastefulness of his teammates, but some of it was also down to Messi not seizing the opportunity to become the hero La Albiceleste were so desperate for on the night. By Javier Cáceres more.
As things stand, Brazil have already qualified. The fifth-place finisher heads to a playoff with New Zealand. Despite losing 2-0 against Bolivia in the impossible conditions of La Paz, Peru was later awarded the full 3 points for a win after it was found that Bolivian player Nelson Cabrera was ineligible, due to having played for Paraguay, the country of his birth.
Chile and Colombia (26 points) sit ahead of Peru, Argentina (25 each) and Paraguay (24) heading into the final set of matches.
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Coach Ricardo Gareca will feel at home in La Bombonera. The Boca Juniors Stadium creates a special atmosphere due to its narrow and steep ranks.
Eight of the 32 places up for grabs at the World Cup have been claimed: Russian Federation (hosts), Brazil, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Belgium, South Korea and Saudi Arabia.
Peru and Argentina are priced at 26/1 to draw 2-2, as they did back in 1969. It's going to be a tough task for Messi and company.
What does each team need to do to qualify?
Paolo Guerrero will not remember the last time Peru strutted the stage at a World Cup finals.
Chile were down in sixth place before Alexis Sanchez popped up with a late victor against Ecuador to see them rise up to third.
Paraguay to not beat Venezuela at home.