Colombia midfielder Fabian Vargas has backed his side's bid to reach the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ despite yesterday's 1-0 loss to Argentina.

Los Cafeteros slumped to the narrow loss courtesy of a second-half goal by Getafe defender Daniel Diaz, with the result leaving them languishing in eighth place in the 10-team South American Zone. The statistics do not give the full picture in what is a congested qualifying group, however, with Colombia just three points from a play-off berth against a CONCACAF side to decide the Americas' eighth 2010 representative.

"We are not out of the World Cup at all, we'll keep fighting," Boca Juniors midfielder Vargas told reporters. "We must finish our goalscoring opportunities. We proved a good plan is not enough. Scoring is our weak point. Despite that, I am happy with the form of the team."

Colombia coach Eduardo Lara refused was also philosophical in defeat. "We always want to win, to take a positive result and we tried," he said. "Maybe we deserved to win or draw the game, but the truth is that we return to Colombia empty-handed."

Los Cafeteros take on rock-bottom Peru in Medellin on Wednesday as they bid to put further pressure on fifth-placed Uruguay in the race for the lone play-off berth.