By Chineze Ogugua
Argentina were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Venezuela in the World Cup qualifier played early this morning which may prove costly for their qualification bid.
The hosts dominated in Buenos Aires but fell behind early in the second half when Jhon Murillo struck for Venezuela. However, Argentina managed a quick response through a Rolf Feltscher own goal.
But Jorge Sampaoli’s men were unable to find a second, having frustratingly been denied throughout the first half by Venezuela goalkeeper Wuilker Farinez.
This result still leaves Argentina in the fifth position heading into the final two matches in October.
Meanwhile, Korea Republic and Saudi Arabia have claimed the remaining two slots to join Iran and Japan and wrap up Asia’s four guaranteed tickets to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Korea Republic held Uzbekistan to a goalless draw away while Saudi Arabia had the better of Japan by 1-0.
Syria qualified for the playoffs for a chance to qualify for the first time in their history after a 2-2 draw with Iran.