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Maradona doubts Argentina World Cup qualification without Messi

Goal.com logo Goal.com 25-04-2017

Argentina great Diego Maradona doubts whether his nation can qualify for the 2018 World Cup with Lionel Messi suspended.

The two-time world champions sit in fifth – the play-off spot – in qualifying after winning just six of 14 matches.

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Messi is serving a four-game ban for insulting an official, and the first of those matches was a 2-0 loss to Bolivia and led to coach Edgardo Bauza being sacked.

Maradona, a 1986 World Cup winner, questioned whether Argentina could qualify for Russia 2018.

"We are screwed," he told Radio Rivadavia.

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"Without Messi, qualification is doubtful."

Argentina are yet to appoint Bauza's replacement and their remaining four qualifiers are against Uruguay, Venezuela, Peru and Ecuador.

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