Messi incredible hat-trick fires Argentina into World Cup

By: TVNZ

 

6de9f59a4d9cb92f1167cfbe4d07b218Lionel Messi scored a scintillating hat-trick, this afternoon, as the visitors downed Ecuador 3-1 to qualify for next year’s Football World Cup in Russia.

It was Argentina’s first victory in Quito for 16 years, and came after Argentina fell a goal behind in just the second minute.

But a first half Messi brace put Argentina ahead at halftime, and needing to win to qualify, there were delirious celebrations amongst players and fans when Messi hammered a brilliant third mid-way through the final spell.

Elsewhere, Peru’s late equaliser, at home to Columbia, ensured they would finish in fifth place in the South American group and face the All Whites in a two-leg playoff to reach the World Cup, with that tie to take place in November.

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