With Argentina’s hopes of qualifying for next year’s World Cup hanging in the balance tonight, the country’s Football Association have placed security barriers outside their own headquarters.
Lionel Messi and his team-mates have performed far below expectations thus far in the qualifiers, with Argentina currently sat in sixth place in the South American rankings.
Four places are up for grabs for South American teams, three automatic spots and one that can be guaranteed through a play-off.
However, with Brazil securing their place back in March, Argentina must win their final game in Ecuador to claim at least fifth spot – which would set up a two-legged play-off against New Zealand.
Failing that though, it would be the first time in 47 years that Argentina would have failed to make it to a World Cup – a seemingly inconceivable prospect given their squad’s talent.
Not that the country’s FA are leaving anything to chance though, with Ed Maylon of the Independent confirming they have security measures in place, just in case supporters try to start trouble outside their headquarters:
Been sent these by a contact in Argentina. Security barriers prepared for the AFA headquarters should Arg not qualify tonight pic.twitter.com/LgvQFVFwEd
— Ed Malyon (@eaamalyon) October 10, 2017
Would a World Cup without Messi, Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria really be that bad?
The game kick-off at half past midnight in Eduador’s Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa.