Watch as Lionel Messi scores three goals against Ecuador in a crucial World Cup qualifier, to get Argentina to World Cup!
Lionel Messi was the hero, as Ecuador crumbled.
Ecuador and Argentina played out a crucial last World Cup qualifer.
Argentina desperately needed a win to qualify for the World Cup, while Ecuador had just outside chances.
Still, it was Ecuador who took the lead, and after only 40 seconds, which is one of the fastest goals by Ecuador.
If it weren’t for Messi, than Ecuador would have probably win this. It would probably ended 1-0, but Messi did play, and changed everything.
Firstly he scored a lovely equalizer, after a nice pass from the left into the penalty area. It was lovely finish from Messi, who opted for accuracy and not power. This was a crucial goal, as Argentina needed it to snap out of confusion.
Secondly, Messi managed to get the ball back when he simingly lost it, and than scored a thumping goal into the roof of Ecuador’s goal. This goal was both accurate and powerful, leaving Ecuador’s keeper without any chance of getting it.
Thirdly and also lastley, Messi scored a brilliant hat-trick goal. He got a ball in the middle of Ecuador’s side of the pitch. Messi made a nice run into the penalty area, and just before the box, he took a fantastic shot, that went over Ecuador’s keeper.
This goal ment that the game was over, despite it being scored in the 62nd minute.
What an incredible game by Messi. He came back from international retirement to score crucial three goals in the last match of the qualifiers.
This means that Argentina qualifys directly into the World Cup, while Peru will head to World Cup play offs. Chile ended up as the biggest losers of the night, as they lost 3-0 to Brazil and failed to qualify for the World Cup in Russia.