Argentina sack coach Bauza

Argentina have made the decision to part ways with manager Edgardo Bauza following a poor run in World Cup qualifying.

La Albiceleste find themselves in fifth place in their CONMEBOL group behind leaders Brazil, Colombia, Uruguay and Chile, outside of the qualification places.

If results failed to improve they could miss out on the tournament altogether, but are currently placed in an Inter-confederation play-off place.

This is used to determine the final two qualification spots and could see the two-time World Champions battle in out in a play-off tie for their spot.

Bauza, who succeeded Gerardo Martino in August, leaves the post after less than a year in the position, with his last match in a charge, a 2-0 defeat to Bolivia last month.

Argentine Football Association (AFA) president Claudio Tapia said: "We told Bauza that he is no longer the coach of the national team."

Up next for Argentina is a friendly against Brazil in Melbourne on June 9 before facing Uruguay in their next qualifier.