Argentina qualifies for the 2014 FIFA World Cup

Dennis Grombkowski

Lionel Messi and co. are heading to Brazil.

Uruguay did the Albiceleste no favors with their win earlier in the day, but Argentina pulled off a big away win on Tuesday to qualify for the World Cup without any outside help. Their 5-2 victory over Paraguay put them top of the table in CONMEBOL and made them the first team from South America to qualify for the finals.

After opening CONMEBOL qualifying with 4-1 demolition of Chile, Argentina stumbled with a loss against Venezuela and a draw against Bolivia. La Albiceleste quickly recovered though, reeling off nine straight victories including impressive defeats of Uruguay and Ecuador. Argentina slowed down a bit towards the end of the qualifying with three straight draws, but they still had more than enough to claim a spot in next summer's World Cup.

Since failing to qualify for the 1970 World Cup, Argentina have qualified for each subsequent tournament and won it twice in 1978 and 1986.

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