It’s a great day to be an Argentina fan as Lionel Messi has scored a hattrick and Argentina have qualified for the 2018 World Cup.
Incredible scenes in Quito. Absolutely incredible. A nightmare start for Argentina had Ecuador ahead as they scored 42 seconds into the match. The team was in shock for the first few minutes but quickly recovered and looked to settle in. After that, it was the Lionel MESSI show.
Not one, not two but three goals by the best player in the world sealed qualification for his country. Dario BENEDETTO flicked the ball to Angel DI MARIA who slid in a low pass into the area as MESSI toe poked the ball into the net to draw level.
The second goal involved the same three players. BENEDETTO to DI MARIA who’s pass found an Ecuadorian player but MESSI was quick to win it and his shot found the back of the net.
The third was a piece of magic. He received the ball, ran into the Ecuadorian area and chipped the goalkeeper while falling backwards as he ran celebrating into the Argentina bench.
Lionel MESSI finished the World Cup Qualifying with 7 goals as he tied Luis SUAREZ all time with 21 goals.
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