Argentina’s hope of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup suffered a major blow as apex football body FIFA ordered Bolivia to forfeit two World Cup qualifying games for fielding an ineligible player.
The ruling is one that favours current Copa America champions and Argentina’s archrival, Chile. The move is a major blow to the qualification hopes of the South American giant.
FIFA announced on Tuesday, November 1 2016 that the goalless draw Bolivia played against Chile and the 2-0 triumph over Peru in September are automatically 3-0 losses due to their actions. The two points gain lifts Chile to fifth place. They share the same points and goals’ difference with Argentina in the CONMEBOL World Cup 2018 qualifying standings. Chile were on a tight rope but a fifth place end for them means they would enter a play-off against a team from Oceania to get a chance to play in Russia.