Argentina 1-0 Ecuador: Player Rating as Messi free-kick goal sees Argentina past Ecuador


Lionel Messi may be 36 years old, but at this stage in his career, the Inter Miami legend feels more inevitable than ever.

The Argentina national team played their first match in the World Cup qualifiers and it was a Lionel Messi free kick which gave them the win. The first half saw Argentina having much of the ball but not creating many chances with Lautaro Martinez hitting the post in the last kick of the half.

Argentina national team coach Lionel Scaloni did not make any changes to start the second half but Ángel Di María was brought on for Nicolás González. With the score at 0-0, Scaloni made two more changes as Julián Álvarez was substituted on for Lautaro Martínez and Leandro Paredes for Alexis Mac Allister.

Messi was set to take a free kick for Argentina as Scaloni made the changes. The Best player in the world took the free kick and scored to give Argentina the 1-0 lead.

Exequiel Palacios was brought on for Lionel Messi as Messi received a standing ovation. Cristian Romero made several tackles and pushed forward, winning the ball back and starting attacks for Argentina, being one of the best players on the pitch.

Argentina Players Ratings Vs Ecuador

GK: Emi Martinez – 7.2

RB: Molina – 7.7

CB: Otamendi – 78

CB: Romero – 8.6

LB: Tagliafico – 8.1

MF: Mac Allister – 7.6

CDM: Enzo – 7.8

MF: De Paul – 8.3

LW: Nico Gonzales – 6.5

CF: L Martinez – 7.3

RW: Messi – 8.0

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