Argentina defeat Ecuador 3-1 in tough World Cup qualifying match

Argentina defeat Ecuador 3-1 in tough World Cup qualifying match

- Argentina have qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup which will hold in Russia

- The South Americans defeated Ecuador 3-1 in a tough World Cup qualifying match

- Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi scored three goals that helped Argentina to victory

Argentina have qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia after beating Ecuador 3-1 in a tough qualifying match on Wednesday morning, October 11.

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi was the hero for Argentina against Ecuador as the forward scored fantastic hat-trick that gave Argentina the 2018 World Cup ticket.

Prior to the match, there were many discussions among football fans and football pundits who were asking themselves if Argentina would be able to qualify for the World Cup.

Argentina defeat Ecuador in tough World Cup qualifying match

Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring against Ecuador (photo: Guardian)

But Lionel Messi proved to many football followers that he is a true legend as he scored three goals that condemned Ecuador to a defeat in front of their faithfuls.

Surprisingly, Ecuador took the lead in the 1st minute through defender Romario Ibarra, and Argentina defenders would have themselves to blame for allowing him to score.

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Lionel Messi restored parity for Argentina in the 12th minute after being wonderfully set up by winger Angel Di Maria to beat goalkeeper Maximo Banguera.

The 30-year-old superstar scored his second goal in the 20th minute after a defensive gaffe from Ecuador before netting Argentina's third and winning goal in the 62nd minute.

Earlier, NAIJ.com had reported of how Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo inspired Portugal to an incredible win over Switzerland for them to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

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Source: Sports.naij.com

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