Argentina starting eleven confirmed for 2026 World Cup qualifying match


The Argentina starting eleven has been confirmed for their 2026 World Cup qualifying match against Ecuador on Thursday.

Argentina play their first match in the World Cup qualifiers and it’s a similar eleven to the one which started the World Cup final. Coach Lionel Scaloni has made two changes from that final as Nicolás González starts in place of Ángel Di María and Lautaro Martínez for Julián Álvarez. Here is the starting eleven:

Emiliano Martínez; Nahuel Molina, Cristian Romero, Nicolás Otamendi, Nicolás Tagliafico; Rodrigo De Paul, Enzo Fernández, Alexis Mac Allister, Nicolás González; Lionel Messi and Lautaro Martínez.


  1. No serious complaints, the team played well and unlucky on the chances they had.
    Rusty as expected.
    Defense played well and Messi played ok considering the travel and getting used to the team again but as many times, WON THE DAY.
    Ecuador came to defend as expected and opened up quick after the goal.
    Not a bad start, THREE POINTS and on to the next game.

    • He’s been in very good form lately, kind of sad he can’t translate it to the NT. Even an average normal day Di Maria is a major difference compared to him, but with Di Maria’s age I guess we’ll have to get used to this and find an alternative because he won’t be able to be a 90 minute player every game in Copa like in the WC

    • Those gone to Penalties because of nervous defense. In all those matches we were comfortably winning 2-0 and even in Australia game dibu’s great save was the reason it didn’t go to penalties. But nervousness was expected apart from otamendi all were playing their 1st wc and otamendi also did some mistake that he in other circumstances would surely not do that’s the pressure of world Cup