Argentina got off to a good start in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers. Opposed to Ecuador last night, the Albiceleste provided the essentials, winning 1-0. A narrow but precious success that bears the signature of Lionel Messi. The Barcelona player scored the only goal of the match in the 13th minute on a penalty.
It was Lucas Ocampos who had caused this set piece. Its captain was therefore responsible for transforming it, despite the beautiful relaxation of the opposing goalkeeper. A small goal which turned out to be sufficient for the happiness of the double world champions. Failing to fly over the debates, the team coached by Lionel Scaloni was able to close the lock behind to preserve its meager advantage. The Parisian Leandro Paredes, holder at the kickoff, took part in this big defensive work.
👉 ¡Final del partido! El conjunto comandado por Lionel Scaloni cosechó su primera victoria en las #Eliminatorias 💪
– Selección Argentina 🇦🇷 (@Argentina) October 9, 2020
Messi happy to bring joy to Argentines
For Messi, it was his 71st selection achievement. Today, he is only six units away from the South American record held by the Brazilian Pelé. At the final whistle, however, this is not what the six-time Ballon d’Or was most happy about. For him, it was especially important to restart with the selection with a positive result. “It has been a difficult year for everyone, especially because of the pandemic. Being able to win and give people joy is positive. I address my greetings to all Argentines because it is a very difficult period for everyone, ”he said after the match.