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U2 delay concert in Argentina to allow fans watch crucial World Cup qualifier

Argentina need a win against Ecuador to have a chance of securing one of the four automatic qualification spots for the tournament in Russia.

U2 HAVE AGREED to delay their concert in Buenos Aires on Tuesday, to allow their fans to watch Argentina’s do-or-die World Cup qualifier.

The band, playing Buenos Aires as part of its “Joshua Tree” tour, have agreed to push back their set by almost two hours, the organizers have said.

Fans will be able to see the match on four giant screens positioned at each corner of the concert venue at La Plata stadium outside the capital.

Argentina football fans are waiting anxiously as the team, and arguably the world’s best player Lionel Messi, face a must-win match against Ecuador in Quito to qualify for next year’s World Cup finals in Russia.

Jorge Sampaoli’s side are currently sixth in the 10-team South American qualifying group.

They need a win to have a chance of securing one of the four automatic qualification spots for next summer’s tournament in Russia.

“Can you imagine what the show’s going to be like if Argentina wins? And if we lose, at least we can get rid of the bitterness with a great show. You can’t go wrong,” producer Daniel Grinbank told Argentine daily La Nacion.

Support acts — local band Joystick and Noel Gallagher — will open the concert as normal, but once Noel Gallagher finishes at 8:30 pm (11.30pm GMT), music will take a back seat while fans watch the game.

U2 will then begin their set at 10:20 pm, instead of the scheduled 8:30 pm.

Additional reporting by Sinéad Farrell

© – AFP 2017

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