De Futebol Messi’s hat trick leads Argentina to a berth in the 2018 World Cup

Lionel Messi led the way with a hat trick to lead Argentina’s destruction of Ecuador 3-1. Couple this win with Brasil’s shut out 3-0 win over Chile and Peru and Colombia tied one all gave Argentinos third place and a spot in the 2018 World Cup.

Peru earns a playoff spot with their one all tie against Colombia.

Brasil, Uruguay, Argentina, and Colombia have their tickets punched for the World Cup.

The Guardian wrote on the Argentina win:” Argentina conceded after just 37 seconds in their must-win game against Ecuador, but Lionel Messi came to the rescue as his side booked their place at next summer’s World Cup.

The No10 hit a brace in the first half in Quito and capped off a stellar performance as he completed his hat-trick with a stunning chip over keeper Maximo Banguera just after the hour mark.

Romario Ibarra stunned the away fans – and perhaps all of South America – as he nodded on a ball lofted high into the danger area and sloppy defence from Argentina allowed the Ecuadorian space to slot it in past Sergio Romero in the opening minute.

But Messi, who is now the all-time leading goalscorer in South American qualifying, played a deft one-two with Angel di Maria to level things up after 12 minutes and then put his side in front eight minutes later with a strike from just inside the box.

Ecuador continued to press in search of an equaliser as Argentina failed to kill the game off, allowing the home side to attack well into the second half.

It was a moment of brilliance which proved to be the difference. The Argentina talisman took the ball in space about 40 yards out from goal, weaved his way to the edge of the box and was able to lob Banguera – six yards off his line – as he lost his balance and fell to the floor.

Argentina were looking in danger of not making the 2018 World Cup in Russia going into the final group games, following a torrid campaign in which they had only scored 16 goals in 17 games.

Low points were numerous, and a 2-0 loss to Bolivia in March saw the end of Edgardo Bauza’s short stint as boss as Jorge Sampaoli took the reins.

Since then, three draws put Argentina on the brink of not making the World Cup for the first time since 1970. They then travelled to Quito – a place where they have not won since 2001 – but bagged all three points to guarantee a trip to Russia.

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/oct/11/lionel-messi-hat-trick-secures-argentinas-passage-to-world-cup

10 thoughts on “De Futebol Messi’s hat trick leads Argentina to a berth in the 2018 World Cup

  1. Do you believe Argentina is good enough to win the World Cup ?

    On a sidenote , Alexi Lalas and Taylor Twellman are two of the biggest dopes out there. Criticising US Soccer for what ails the national squad is simply redundant. Both players were never particularly good at the international level for the national side and I doubt if anyone even remembers how mediocre both were as players within the country’s top flight domestic league . Development at the various levels with US Socer has been mediocre at best , with their being very little done to bring in international coaching talent at the various development levels within the national structure. Hence the reason why for the failure on the world stage . Clearly it’s something neither Alexi Lalas or Taylor Twellman know a damn thing about. Team USA is not a world class soccer nation and why these two morons are carrying on as if they are , is simply a frigging joke.

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    1. It is a joke. Learn the game. Go where you can learn to play. Go to Europe, Do not quit when it gets. Learn How Tim Howard became great. Stay put and go through the tough times and don’t quit

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      1. Great results , but catastrophic for the teams who failed to qualify. The ramifications for them will be wide ranging. There are already calls for US Soccer Chairman Sunil Gulati to be fired along with the Board of Directors.

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