Messi treble saves Argentina WCup dream

By Daily Sports on October 11, 2017

Views: 1,085

Lionel Messi scored a brilliant hat-trick as Argentina sealed their place at the 2018 World Cup with a 3-1 victory over Ecuador on Tuesday.

Barcelona superstar Messi single-handedly rescued Argentina's World Cup hopes as the South American giants came from behind to win in Quito.

Romario Ibarra had given Ecuador a shock lead after only 38 seconds but Messi struck twice inside the opening 20 minutes to give Argentina the lead before adding a third in the second half.

It was a vintage display from Messi, delivering for Argentina when it mattered most to erase fears that the two-time champions might not qualify for next year's finals in Russia.

Argentina had got off to a disastrous start, conceding a goal in the opening minute as Ecuador took full advantage of hesitancy in the visiting side's defensive ranks.

Argentina stalwart Javier Mascherano failed to deal with a speculative long ball forward from Dario Aimar, directing a headed clearance into the path of Romario Ibarra.

Ibarra calmly headed to teammate Roberto Ordones who then steered a header back to Ibarra for the Universidad Catolica midfielder.

It was the worst possible start for a shell-shocked Argentina, who had kicked off chasing their first victory in the Ecuadoran capital since 2001.

For a while Argentina struggled to get to grips with a vibrant Ecuador, who looked to push forward at every opportunity.

But it was not long before Messi stamped his authority on proceedings, hauling his team back into the contest with a composed opening goal.

The equaliser came in the 12th minute when Messi darted forward and quickly released Angel Di Maria down the left.

This followed by two other goals to seal Argentine place in Russia. © AFP

•Photo shows Messi rejoicing after sealing their World Cup place.

Source Daily Sports

Posted October 11, 2017

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+


 

You may also like...
McGregor says he’d beat Mayweather in rematch

Ndidi disappointed with Leicester City’s loss to Watford...

Chukwu charges Super Eagles ahead of 2017 AFCON...

Iwobi may captain Arsenal against West Brom

Holyfield predicts outcome of expected Anthony Joshua v...

Henry says can’t see Wenger as England boss...

 

Latest News FIFA Ranking - Nigeria Ranks to 49, As France Soars No.1 Spain’s La Liga plans to play regular season matches in United States Giwa’s lawyer tackles FIFA over threat to ban Nigeria Bobby Madley: Premier League referee quits Remarkable comeback: ten-man Zenith go from 0-4 to 8-5 Utd rubbish Jose-Pogba bust-up claims Griezmann brother mocks Real Madrid signing Courtois: Jump, jump little kangaroo Amaechi confirms participation in Celebrity Race of Cycling Lagos 2018 Lagos Set For First Media Marathon Gallant Falconets bow out of U-20 World Cup after slim Q-Final loss to Spain Universities League: Benin Warriors striker Imade scores stunner to give UNIBEN win over UNILAG Nigerians Stunned As Victor Moses Retires From International Football

 

Most Read Rangers International going, going . . . (44,144 views) Amaju Pinnick: A cat with nine lives (36,270 views) Missing $150,000 IAAF Grant: Solomon Dalung’s Hide and Seek game (35,122 views) Sports Development: Zenith Bank on the zenith (34,121 views) Current issues in Nigerian sports: Matters arising (33,191 views) Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje’s solid footprints, commitment to sports development in Kano State (32,930 views) Commonwealth Games 2018: Shame of Muhammadu Buhari, Solomon Dalung (32,437 views) Olopade, BET9A wave of revolution in NNL (32,127 views) Ibrahimovic’s Man U exit: Whose decision is it? And in whose interest? (29,440 views) World Cup Friendlies: Eagles Beware! (28,657 views) Let’s save Kelechi Emeteole's life! Let’s follow Omeruo, others' shining examples (28,500 views) Nkechi Obi and Nationwide League: One success story (27,883 views)

 

 

 

 

 

News Athletics (251) Basketball (102) Boxing (497) Columnists (323) Euro Soccer Update (3049) Fans Assembly (3) From the Grassroots (39) Golf (62) Interviews (14) Live Commentary (2) News (4062) NPL Glo Premier League (952) People and Places (22) Readers Parliament (5) Tennis (420)

 

 

 

Phone numbers

Tel: +234(0)8066020976
+234(0)8055068145
+234(0)7013416146
+234(0)8094272884

Email addresses

info@dailysportsng.com
support@dailysportsng.com
publisher@dailysportsng.com

Office address

No 3, Adetoun Close, Off College Road, Ogba, Ikeja Lagos.
Website: www.dailysportsng.com

Social Media