(Original post by IWantSomeMushu)
Argentina drew 1-1 with Bolivia in their World Cup qualifier earlier.
Demichelis made a mistake leading to Bolivia's opener, and was whistled by his own fans for the rest of the game. Pathetic.
Saw the mistake and it looked like an absolute amateur schoolboy error.
It will be a long rollercoaster but there is no way the Albiceleste will fail to qualify, perhaps they will be the team that goes through the play-offs (this time against an Asian team it is) and become the 32nd team to secure the place - bit interesting with Brazil being technically the first team to qualify.
Uruguay to run away in first place, why not? And I will bet you anything that they will be top seeds in the World Cup too. One thing that seems almost guaranteed - Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay will
be drawn against African teams in their groups.
But with possibly six teams to go through, the South American round-robin should be more competitive than ever and much as Venezuela and Bolivia (the traditional whipping boys) have become difficult to beat and made amazing progress I think when push comes to shove towards the end of the campaign, they will miss out. I would love to see Peru return after a 32-year absence and for the likes of Pizarro this will be a last ever chance, and would love Colombia to return too.
Interesting to see the African competition has a different format, too. 10 groups of four then the winners go into home and away play-offs to determine Africa's five chosen teams. Once again, law of averages dictates that at least one African team who did not qualify for 2010 will definitely make it in 2014.
A bit more food for thought - watching Football Focus yesterday got me thinking. Lawro banging on the current cliches of how Spain are the best, "Spain are the new Brazil" right now and him saying that "5, 10, 15 years ago" we would always look to Brazil as the benchmark seemed to show how short some memories are, because around 2000/2001ish everyone was talking about France the exact same way everyone is about Spain now. Obviously being Euro and World Champions played a part but many were saying then "France can continue to dominate for many years" and some say the exact same about Spain now. I think you should hold on to your horses sometimes.