Things are not going according to plan for Lionel Messi and his Argentina teammates in the race to qualify for the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The latest setback for Messi and his teammates is coming following the barren draw played out against Peru.

Though still keeping hope alive, Argentina Coach Jorge Sampaoli has admitted Argentina are in an uncomfortable position after a 0-0 draw against Peru left them dangerously close to failing to qualifying for the World Cup.

Speaking after the disappointing result, Sampaoli said they are not going to throw in the towel just yet.

"The situation is not comfortable. But the ranking still depends on us. We could not beat them on the scoreboard but they did in the game. We are very hopeful for everything that comes"

Should they miss out, it would be the first occasion since 1970 that the two-time World Cup champions, who reached the final against Germany three years ago, will not play in the tournament.

Now two places outside the qualification zone in sixth, Argentina must beat eighth place Ecuador on Wednesday and hope Peru draw or lose against fourth place Colombia in order to secure a playoff position against New Zealand.