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Brazi is in, Argentina still fighting for a World Cup spot

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  • A man walks past a fence with graffiti depicting Argentina's soccer legend Diego Maradona in the town of Volkhov, 130 km (80 miles) east of St.Petersburg, Russia, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017.

    A man walks past a fence with graffiti depicting Argentina's soccer legend Diego Maradona in the town of Volkhov, 130 km (80 miles) east of St.Petersburg, Russia, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017.
    Associated Press

  • Brazil's Neymar laughs during a practice session with the national soccer team in Teresopolis, Brazil, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017. Brazil will face Bolivia in a 2018 World Cup qualifying soccer match in La Paz on Thursday.

    Brazil's Neymar laughs during a practice session with the national soccer team in Teresopolis, Brazil, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017. Brazil will face Bolivia in a 2018 World Cup qualifying soccer match in La Paz on Thursday.
    Associated Press

  • Brazil's Neymar, from left, Paulinho, and Dani Alves, train in preparation for an upcoming World Cup qualifying match, in Teresopolis, Brazil, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017.

    Brazil's Neymar, from left, Paulinho, and Dani Alves, train in preparation for an upcoming World Cup qualifying match, in Teresopolis, Brazil, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017.
    Associated Press

 
 

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazil is in, and over the next week three more South American countries will join the five-time champions at the World Cup in Russia.

The fifth-place team from the region will also keep its chances alive, facing a playoff next month against New Zealand. That winner will also advance.

With two matches to play, Uruguay and Colombia are in the best shape to reach the World Cup. The biggest shock could be two-time champion Argentina, which will battle for a spot against Peru, Chile, Paraguay and Ecuador. Bolivia and Venezuela have been eliminated.

Argentina, the runner-up three years ago in Brazil, has not missed a World Cup since 1970.

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