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Messi Sends Argentina To World Cup

Lionel Messi Sends Argentina To FIFA World Cup

By Kurt Buckerfield - Oct 11, 2017 03:24 AM @KurtLaduma

Superstar Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick in Argentina's 3-1 win over Ecuador on Wednesday morning to send the Albiceleste to the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The last time Argentina did not qualify for a World Cup was 48 years ago, but it was a scary possibility before Jorge Sampaoli's side took to the field in Ecuador.

The hosts shocked the visitors in the first minute of the match through Romario Ibarra, who found the back of the Argentina net following a clever one-two in the away side's box.

Angel Di Maria flashed a shot wide in the ninth minute of the clash, after linking up with Messi on the edge of the Ecuador area.

The FC Barcelona superstar then scored the equaliser for Argentina after 13 minutes following a clever square ball from Di Maria. Messi toe-poked the ball past Ecuador goalkeeper Maximo Banguera, and the strike gave his team a boost in confidence.

The next few minutes saw Argentina take complete control of the affair, with Ecuador being pegged back in their own half. The 30-year-old then put his side ahead with a stunning strike in the 20th minute, with the away side now in the driving seat.

Banguera was forced to make a save in the 32nd minute after Messi played a through ball into the home side's box for Di Maria, whose effort found the goalkeeper equal to the task. The teams went into the break with Argentina 2-1 up.

Messi once again lit up the stadium when he scored his hat-trick goal in the 62nd minute after cleverly lifting the ball over the Ecuador shot-stopper, who was helpless in his efforts to get a hand to the ball.

With Argentina in control, neither side looked to push towards goal as Sampaoli’s men went into the final 10 minutes 3-1 up.

Messi's heroics booked Argentina's place at the World Cup in Russia next year, with the final scoreline being 3-1 to the Albiceleste. 


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leratosetlhogo Oct 11, 2017 10:10 AM
King Messi
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Boris Becker Oct 11, 2017 10:08 AM
@Michaeltshigama We don't care brother
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Iviweluwalala Oct 11, 2017 10:07 AM
Argentine is not a United nation how can maradon to all people wish his nation nt to qualify because of ego
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Sbulabops01 Oct 11, 2017 09:58 AM
Messi the Boss
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Ant_55 Oct 11, 2017 09:57 AM
Sponsors and event organizers must be breathing a HUGE sigh of relief L.O.L
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NHLANHLA1 Oct 11, 2017 09:55 AM
Legendary
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The Lecturer Oct 11, 2017 09:51 AM
Messi is the best ever!
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nhlekoraymond Oct 11, 2017 09:48 AM
What a player he is,we are luck to have seen such a great player play in our generation
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The Lecturer Oct 11, 2017 09:48 AM
@Maj: even that Di Maria has been one of the worst this season but last night was better for him. I really don't like it when he waste ball possession with his mistimed shots instead of a pass or his aimless crosses instead of cutting in from the flanks. Not my favorite type of player at all.
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Michaeltshigama Oct 11, 2017 09:48 AM
I don't see Argentina passing group stages in Russia
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@El Professor Oct 11, 2017 09:43 AM
Simply the bst wt more could u ask for am Ronaldo's Fan bt Messi has proven his ability to do miracles when needed gd luck to him
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jaylee wayela Oct 11, 2017 09:38 AM
Thank you Messi
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Maj Oct 11, 2017 09:34 AM
Messi and Di Maria are the only attacking backbone for Argentina. other attackers are just cows.
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The Lecturer Oct 11, 2017 09:27 AM
Hahahaha!
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jinks Oct 11, 2017 09:23 AM
Yoh at last Argentina fans can breath...After failing to score in four worldcup qualifying games.How many goals has Messi compared to Ronaldo in the qualfying phase? Its an interesting worldcup now Neymer,Messi and Ronaldo all there.
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endie1 Oct 11, 2017 09:20 AM
King Messi
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DopeZN Oct 11, 2017 09:17 AM
Can't wait for the world cup draw... Next year we gonna see flames in Russia.
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DopeZN Oct 11, 2017 09:16 AM
@FOOTBALLER you fooling yourself if you thin we hurting... all football loving people were hoping for Argentina to qualify coz we all wanna have a quality world cup. We will be happy when he fails on a biggest stage, again. For qualifying, we need all the big guns in Russia. Messi CR7 fan fight has not began yet.
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@McCoora Oct 11, 2017 09:13 AM
Lol good now the haters are chocked by their humble pies
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khosiological Oct 11, 2017 09:12 AM
@Nyoninyoni kill by what exactly?is it dat hard to compliment king Messi?

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