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Stay up late for Uruguay vs Argentina tonight

England the hors d’oeuvre ahead of an Argentine main course


Starting at 5pm, you can take your televisual pick from five meaningless World Cup qualifiers, before the real action starts at a slightly-inconvenient-if-you-work time of 11.

Germany (already through) vs Finland (already out) help ESPN stave off the test card from 5pm, before channel hoppers enter heaven at around 7. Sky Sports 2 at 6:30 is the place to be to watch Shay Given clap the crowd who in turn will be clapping him, as he wins his 100th cap against Montenegro. Meanwhile Slovenia’s inevitable win in San Marino, makes Czech Republic vs Northern Ireland (7:20 BBC red button) another dead rubber.

Liverpool TV is the place to watch the top two in Group 5. Turn on at 6:45 for Bosnia-Herzegovina vs Spain, a match Rafa doesn’t want any of his stars to play in, although presumably LFCTV advertising execs take an opposing view.

Or walk the way of ITV1 at 7:30 to watch Gabriel Agbonlahor, Ben Foster, Michael Carrick and assorted others once more prove they aren’t quite up to international football. But all this is mere flotsam and jetsam compared to the second oldest derby in international football. Separated by the widest river in the world, tonight’s result could ensure many more miles will be separating the players of Uruguay and Argentina next June. Maradona’s men need a draw to qualify, but should they lose, and Ecuador win in Chile, the World Cup 2010 will take place without the world’s best player. Sky Sports 1 at 11 for the game of the season thus far.

UPDATE The Chile vs Ecuador match bizarrely (and slightly unfairly) kicks off an hour earlier, so if the away side win that game, the second half in Montevideo really will be something.

Any predictions? Let us know below…

4 responses so far
  • Lucho // October 14, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    Uruguay 1 – Argentina 2

    Lots of fouls with moments of greatness and sloppy play. Argentina’s defense plays well but Forlan can’t be shut out from deep.

    Messi has a goal finally, and one Veron.

  • Dokièh // October 14, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    I think it won’t be a difficult match for Argentina. Uruguay needs the victory, Maradona’s guys don’t. ‘La Celeste’ will attack from the kick-off to the final whistle – watch out Messi and Higuaín in Argentina’s counter.

  • nathan // October 14, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    Uruguay wins 1 – 0 in a tough and rough match. The match between Ecu vs Chile and Uru vs Arg IS at the same time. It just that Uruguay just switched to daylight savings time which is what probably led to the mix up.

  • David // October 14, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    Dokièh, Argentina does to need the win. If they lose and Ecuador win (which could easily happen with Chile already through), Argentina wouldn’t even get a playoff spot. Great finish in all the other regions besides UEFA in the qualifying campaign.

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