Sergio Agero misses sanction as Paraguay triumph 1-0 in Cordoba, leaving Argentina outside the automatic qualification spots
After 10 coincides, Brazil sit crown of Conmebol qualifying, thanks to a 2-0 victory in Venezuela. But Argentina were shocked 1-0 at home by Paraguay and find themselves in a perilous fifth place, which provides a play-off against the Oceania representative rather than automatic qualification. The two heavyweights face each other in Belo Horizonte on 10 November.
Argentina 0-1 Paraguay
After two disillusioning derives and still without the injured Lionel Messi, Edgardo Bauzas team were even worse in the win to a hardworking Paraguay side in Cordoba. The prevailing goal was scored by Dynamo Kyiv striker Derlis Gonzalez in the 17 th minute. Argentina had a chance to equalize with criminal penalties early in the second half but Sergio Agero recognized his attempt saved.
Argentina struggled in the absence of Pablo Zabaleta, Nicolas Otamendi and Ramiro Funes Mori. One of their substitutions, Martin Demichelis, spelled out the quagmire clearly. We have to be honest with ourselves, we have to improve soon, Demichelis said. We have to make a big self-criticism. We have things to correct.
In November, Argentina face tough competitions away against Brazil and home against Colombia. Messi is expected to return for those two. Paraguay remain in sixth place, but are now only one point behind Argentina.
Venezuela 0-2 Brazil
By contrast, it took only seven times for Brazil to forget the suspended Neymars absence, keep up their new-found impetu and ensure bottom-placed Venezuela remain winless. Teenage striker Gabriel Jesus, recently signed off by Manchester City, tallied his fourth destination in his fourth international form with a stylish lob over Dani Hernandez after the goalkeepers mistake.