Uruguay face the prospect of a World Cup play-off to secure their place at Brazil next year.

Only a minor miracle will see the 1930 Champions qualify automatically for the tournament. They need to thrash Argentina, and hope that one of Chile or Ecuador beat each other.

It seems strange that a country filled with arguably the best attacking players in the world, the likes of Luis Suarez, Edison Cavani and Diego Forlan, would need a play-off to reach the World Cup, for the fourth successive campaign.

Argentina and Colombia are the two countries guaranteed to be playing at the finals next year, but who joins them is up for grabs. The play-off looks likely for Uruguay, and they will face Jordan over two legs.

But it would seem they are already looking to the play-off, with captain Diego Lugano saying: "Although there are still chances of qualifying in fourth place, the big objective, to be realistic, is the clash with Jordan in the playoff."

Argentina will be missing key players such as Lionel Messi and Gonzalo Higuain, but will go into the match as favourites. And Uruguay will have to keep their discipline, as 14 players are on yellow cards, and they will be in danger of missing the first leg off the play-off should they get booked on Tuesday.

So if Uruguay win by two goals or more, and Chile by four, then Ecuador will face the play-off. A small possibility, but nothing is impossible in football.

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