Maradona has vowed to fight on despite his side's poor form
Argentina are in danger of missing their first World Cup since 1970 after losing 1-0 to Paraguay - who have now qualified for South Africa in 2010.
Diego Maradona's side are one point behind fourth-placed Ecuador with two games to play and only the top four teams are certain to qualify.
The side in fifth face a play-off with the fourth-placed team in the North, Central America and Caribbean group.
Meanwhile, Chile were beaten 4-2 by Brazil but remain third in their group.
Striker Nilmar scored a hat-trick to lead already-qualified Brazil to a ninth victory in the South American qualifying group.
It was an 11th win in a row for under-strength Brazil, with coach Dunga being without Kaka, Lucio and Luis Fabiano because of suspension, while Robinho was out because of a muscle problem in his right leg.
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