It was a joyous night for Ronaldo’s fans as Lionel Messi failed to inspire his Argentinian side to victory.
The FC Barcelona ace endured a frustrating game of football on a night when much was expected of him. Argentina played a nervy match against Peru on Thursday, with the two-time World Cup winners on the fringe of qualification to Russia 2018.
Leo was powerless on a night to forget in the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifier tie with Peru as the visitors held La Albiceleste to a 0-0 draw at the Antonio Vespucio Liberti stadium. Jorge Sampaoli’s men have been uninspiring in their previous games, recording three straight draws since the former Chile coach took over.
A goalless draw against La Blanquirroja drops the Argentinians down to sixth position with 25 points as they face the ignominy of missing out on the World Cup finals in Russia. In the 10-team South American group, four teams qualify automatically, whiles the fifth placed team qualify for the playoffs round.
The 30-year-old’s only highlight of the game was a deflected shot by the goalkeeper via a short corner from Di Maria. Messi has been poor for his country in the qualifiers so far with four goals and just one goal in 2017, courtesy a penalty kick.
Peru occupy fifth position with 25 points as they hope to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 36 years. Los Incas will host Colombia in Lima on October 10. Argentina will visit Ecuador in a high altitude game for the last round of matches on Tuesday, October 10.
Cristiano’s fans can boast a playoff spot for the Portuguese national team as they aim to beat Andorra and Switzerland, with a second-placed finish assured. The group B leaders are the only team with a real threat but with the current standings, the 32-year-old can dream of another World Cup finals.
Although the Barcelona superstar has failed to make remarkable cameos for his side, the Portuguese captain has made it a great deal by recording 14 goals in just eight games in the qualifiers for the European champions.
Messi could not execute a tap in to help Argentina qualify but barca fans will get critical when Ronaldo scores a tap in. ??????
— Lanre (@CarloLarenzo) October 6, 2017
Peru ?? Fans during Argentina ?? match :" We aren’t afraid of ?? cause you don’t have Cristiano Ronaldo ". pic.twitter.com/RQUHW93qk7
— ElMatador (@FahdElMatador) October 6, 2017
Messi couldn't score against Peru & Venezuela????.. Teams that Victor Moses will stat pad with.
— Tobi (@Blarkboifly) October 6, 2017
Leo Messi vs Peru.
Is this the practical translation of Penalty to throw-in? ? ? ? ?pic.twitter.com/LJNaayExZ6
— Betland (@BetlandGaming) October 6, 2017
If you listen closely, you can hear Ronaldo fans checking their livescore apps, seeing Argentina 0-0 Peru and deciding Messi "went missing".
— Euan McTear (@emctear) October 6, 2017