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Dunga expects Argentina to qualify

BRAZIL coach Dunga predicts Argentina will reach next year's World Cup in South Africa without needing a playoff.

Argentina plays Uruguay away today in the final round of the South American qualifying.

Argentina will finish fourth in South American qualifying if it wins the match, which would give it the final automatic qualifying berth.

Brazil, Paraguay and Chile have already claimed the first three spots.

Argentina can also advance automatically with a draw.

Uruguay will also advance automatically if it wins, but a draw would not be enough.

"Uruguay is going to have to go for it, and that could give Argentina lots of space to play in," Dunga said.

"They will be over the nervousness and will play much better," he said.

Argentina salvaged a 2-1 victory on Saturday against Peru, winning on Martin Palermo's scrambled goal three minutes into second-half injury time.

"Anyone who works in football knows Argentina not only had to beat Peru, but also a case of the nerves," Dunga said of Maradona's team.

Today's round

Going into today's round of matches, Argentina has 25 points, Uruguay 24 and Ecuador 23.

The fourth-placed team advances automatically.

The fifth-placed team earns a playoff in November with the No. 4 team from North and Central America and the Caribbean for another berth.

The opponent will be either Costa Rica or Honduras.

Ecuador, which plays at Chile, also has a chance.

If Ecuador beats Chile, it will finish at least fifth and earn a playoff spot.

Ecuador could also get the automatic spot.

For that to happen, Argentina and Uruguay have to draw and Ecuador has to beat Chile by at least five goals.

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez has a lot of respect for the Argentines.

"It's going to be a tough game because they (Argentina) are an opponent with lots of prestige," Tabarez said of his opponents on Monday.

"But we don't consider it impossible.

"We know we can still qualify, and this was the great challenge of the qualifying process.

"Now we are a game from achieving it," Tabarez said.


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