Lionel Messi scored a free kick and Argentina won 1-0 vs. Ecuador in the World Cup qualifiers.
The Argentina national team played their first match in the World Cup qualifiers and it was a Lionel Messi free kick which gave them the win. The first half saw Argentina having much of the ball but not creating many chances with Lautaro Martinez hitting the post in the last kick of the half.
Argentina national team coach Lionel Scaloni did not make any changes to start the second half but Ángel Di María was brought on for Nicolás González. With the score at 0-0, Scaloni made two more changes as Julián Álvarez was substituted on for Lautaro Martínez and Leandro Paredes for Alexis Mac Allister.
Messi was set to take a free kick for Argentina as Scaloni made the changes. The Best player in the world took the free kick and scored to give Argentina the 1-0 lead.
Exequiel Palacios was brought on for Lionel Messi as Messi received a standing ovation. Cristian Romero made several tackles and pushed forward, winning the ball back and starting attacks for Argentina, being one of the best players on the pitch.
Scaloni’s team play Bolivia on Tuesday.
LIONEL MESSI FREE KICK GOAL! 🇦🇷pic.twitter.com/yAsas0pRTQ
— Roy Nemer (@RoyNemer) September 8, 2023