High altitude, high intensity and adversity defined a trip to Ecuador in final qualifying game for Argentina. It was a do or die situation, but Lionel Messi able to produce hattrick in adversity to seal berth for Russia 2018.
Ecuador do produce the disappointing moment for Argentina scoring within 34’ seconds to take the lead, but big man rise on the occasion to prove he is still the world’s best. And, world can’t imagine a World Cup without him in Russia next year.
— Selección Argentina (@Argentina) October 11, 2017
Argentine duo – Angel Di Maria and Lionel Messi combines together in the 12th minute to produce simplest goal for his country and Messi equalized with his simplest of finish. Eight minutes later, Messi was on his own and produces one of his brilliance to give Argentina lead.
It gave much needed relief to the Argentine camp and they got the message quite clear from their captain that we are heading to Russia next year. First half ended 2-1 in favour of Argentina, but Messi wasn’t relaxed. He produces another of magical stuff to complete his hattrick and gave Argentina comfortable lead.
The game ended 3-1 in Argentina favour earning them a place in FIFA World Cup Russia 2018. La Albiceleste were depended on results of other teams before the game started, but La Pulga take the responsibility to lead by example and once again single handedly wins the match for his country.
Chile victory against Brazil and Colombia or Peru victory would have left Argentina on play-off position. But Brazil beat Chile 3-0, whereas Colombia played a 1-1 draw against Peru to earn Argentina direct qualification berth for Russia World Cup.
2014 World Cup finalist victory put them ahead of Colombia and Peru on points table and they qualified for Russia 2018 earning the third spot. Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and Colombia are going to the World Cup finals, whereas Peru will face New Zealand in play-off for their finals berth.
Chile got eliminated due to their heavy loss against Brazil. Two time Copa America winner and Confederation Cup finalist won’t be able to compete in World Cup finals.
Uruguay berth was already confirmed, but they solidify their position with 4-2 victory over Bolivia. Paraguay lost 0-1 against Venezuela and made the combination easier for top five teams.
South American giants finally made their way to Russia 2018, and one of all time great player Lionel Messi gets his another chance to lift the World Cup.