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Messi scored as Argentina beat Ecuador in WCQ 2022 opening game

Argentine football team starts with victory in FIFA world cup 2022 qualifiers as they’ve defeated Ecuador in their opening fixture played at Estadio Alberto Jose Armando. Lionel Messi was the star for Argentina once again as he net the only goal of the game in 13th minute via penalty.

Lionel Messi scored penalty against Ecuador in 2022 world cup qualifiers
Photo: Lionel Messi scored penalty against Ecuador in 2022 world cup qualifiers

This 1-0 victory over Ecuador, Messi dedicated to the people of Argentina as they’ve been suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic. It would give people joy and strength.

“It was a complicated year because of what we are experiencing. Being able to play with the National Team again and give people joy with victory, beyond the game, serves to decompress a bit. I send a lot of strength to all Argentines,” Messi said after the match.

Messi also emphasized that it was very important to start the qualifying matches with a victory as these games are always tough and it was a fresh start for us after so long.

“It was important to start winning because we know how difficult the Qualifiers are. Matches are always tough, we expected this level, we haven’t played for a long time. Anxiety also makes it difficult.”

Argentina will be playing Bolivia next in their 2022 world cup qualifying match on 13 October 2020.

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