Argentina through hatrick Lionel Messi scored against Ecuador goes direct to the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018.
Initially hopeless Argentina seated sixth on the table of ten teams of the qualifying group lost further hope when Romario Ibarra netted the opener for Ecuador just 45 seconds into the game.
But it wasn’t over unless Messi said so as the Barcelona forward scored three goals to send the previous episode’s runner open to next year’s edition of the world cup.
Messi scored an equalizer eleven minutes after Ibarra’s goal, rejuvenate the lost hope after nine minutes before having the final say with a genius displace. At the edge of an area, imbalanced Messi chipped the ball over a keeper who was well positioned.
Following the marvelous display of football by the 30-year-old, the coach for Argentina said they made sure everything didn’t depend on Messi nevertheless he brought out his ability.
“We must be sure everything does not depend on Leo [Messi] but today he brought his great ability. I told the group: Messi did not owe the World Cup to Argentina, but football owed the World Cup to Messi. We should help him be in the World Cup.”
Said Jorgi Sampaoli
Meanwhile in Europe, Djourou’s own goal and Valente Silva’s goal for Portugal against Switzerland qualified the side coached by Fernando Santos to the world cup.
A draw or defeat would still have given the side captained by Cristiano Ronaldo a chance to qualify but through play offs however the win now means Portugal finish top of the Group B.
Whereas in group A, Netherlands is out of it inspite of the victory against Sweden. The brace scored by Arjen Robben who later retired from international football after the match wasn’t enough to push second place Sweden so as to earn the right for play offs since they were required to beat Janne Andersson by seven goals.