Argentina on the slide

THE chances of two-time world champions Argentina failing to make the World Cup finals for the first time since 1970 shortened as they were beaten 1-0 by Paraguay in Asuncion, which saw the victors reach their eighth finals.

THE chances of two-time world champions Argentina failing to make the World Cup finals for the first time since 1970 shortened as they were beaten 1-0 by Paraguay in Asuncion, which saw the victors reach their eighth finals.

The defeat will raise further questions over the stewardship of coach Diego Maradona as the Argentinians slipped to fifth in the table with two matches remaining to seal one of the two remaining automatic qualifying places.

Group leaders Brazil qualified earlier. - Sapa-AFP

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