World Cup without Lionel Messi edges closer to becoming reality

(CNN) On the face of it, as the clock ticked towards 90 minutes inside Boca Juniors’ iconic La Bombonera, Argentina’s goalless draw against Peru didn’t seem too bad.

Argentina, with Lionel Messi at the heart of every move, had tried desperately to get their World Cup qualifying campaign back on track, but struggled to create against a resolute Peru team which had arrived in Buenos Aires with a clear and effective game plan.


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