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Messi Strikes Hard To Defend Self From Criticism As His Hat-trick Was Enough For Argentina To Book A Spot In Next Year's World Cup.

By Akingbola sanu 17/10/11 02:13 pm

-Messi Strikes hard to Defend self from criticism as his hat-trick was enough for Argentina to book a spot in next year's World Cup.Prior to this game,Fans and football Pundits have accused the five time world player of the year of being laucadasic when it comes to playing for the Argentinean side.But Messi proved to be Argentina's saviour as his stunning hat-trick secured a 3-1 victory over Ecuador and World Cup qualification for Russia 2018.Two-time world champions Argentina were in danger of missing the showpiece tournament for the first time stince 1970, having dropped to sixth and outside of the qualifying positions following three consecutive draws.Those fears became real when Ecuador broke the deadlock after just 38 seconds via Romario Ibarra at altitude in Quito on Tuesday.Messi equalised expertly in the 12th minute after combining with Angel Di Maria and his thunderous effort nine minutes later completed the comeback and ensured Argentina led at the break, before he sealed the great escape with a glorious chip just past the hour-mark.

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