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Argentina World Cup Hopes In Balance After 1-1 Draw With Venezuela

’s hopes of qualifying for next year’s were left hanging in the balance on Tuesday after a listless 1-1 home draw with .

Messi failed to show his magic

Needing a victory to move into the group’s direct qualification places, the Albiceleste went behind when John Murillo coolly lifted a 50th minute shot over goalkeeper after a counterattack.

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The goal sparked the hosts into action and four minutes later they equalized when Venezuela’s Rolf Feltscher turned Marcos Acuna’s cross into his own net.

Five-time Ballon d’Or winner was unable to assert his usual influence and often drifted deep to help his team’s faltering midfield.

The result left Argentina fifth in the 10-team South American zone standings, with 24 points from 16 matches.

The two-time World Cup winners must win their last two qualifiers against Peru and Ecuador to at least secure a playoff berth.

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