Argentina take on Colombia knowing they must improve or face World Cup window closing... so can Lionel Messi and Co work a way out of this mess?


 Argentina remain confident of qualifying for the World Cup in Russia 2018, but even their staunchest supporters would admit they need to buck their ideas up – fast.

 Last week's humbling 3-0 defeat at the hands of Brazil left the two-time World Cup winners and 2014 finalists out of the qualifying places for 2018 with 11 of 18 games played.





On Tuesday night, they welcome Colombia to San Juan with a chance to revive their fortunes – or set up a long, nervous wait in a difficult position until the next set of qualifiers in March of next year.





Here, Sportsmail looks at what La Albiceleste need to do to find their footing on the road to Russia and why they have found themselves so off track to this point.





Argentina (4-3-3): Romero; Mercado, Otamendi, Funes Mori, Mas; Biglia, Banega, Mascherano; Messi, Pratto, Di Maria.


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