Messi sends Argentina to World Cup 2018 with magnificent hat-trick

Argetina gets a direct ticket to the 2018 World Cup, after Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick against Ecuador on Tuesday.

Argentina, who won the World Cup twice in 1978 and 1986, was close to missing out of the 2018 World Cup after starting the match in sixth place in the South American qualifying group.

Jorge Sampaoli’s side have struggled for goals this year and after a goalless draw with Peru last week sat sixth in the 10-man South American qualifying group.

The match which held at the Estadio Olimpico Atahualpa in Quito, saw the host stun Argentina by scoring after just 38 seconds to the match as midfielder Romario Iborra hit on target.

Yet two goals in eight minutes from Lionel Messi put Argentina in front and turned the game on it’s head.


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