Argentina scored three goals in the first half and added a fourth in the second to defeat Ecuador 4-0!
In what was a packed Monumental stadium, Argentina took the pitch knowing that they only have 1 match to play in the qualifiers this time around while every other team has two. A win was necessary. The match started off with Argentina applying the pressure, but Ecuador seemed to have weathered the storm for the first 15 minutes.
The 20th minute came, MESSI received the ball, played a pass to Angel DI MARIA who chipped it over the Ecuadorian's and AGUERO was on the ball and his shot went in. 1-0 Argentina! Onto the 30th minute where Lionel MESSI grabs the ball and goes on a run with two Ecuadorian players trying to bring him down. He slips the ball to HIGUAIN who scores to make it 2-0! Two minutes later, MESSI leads a lightning quick counter attack as he runs towards goal. He passes it to HIGUAIN who makes a one touch pass back to MESSI and the captain blasts it into the net! 3-0 Argentina!
The second half starts a bit more even as Ecuador started creating some chances. SABELLA made the first change, taking out Sergio AGUERO for Jose SOSA. MESSI went on a magical run where his shot was blocked by the defender. SOSA picked up the ball, did a diagonal pass to DI MARIA as he slotted it in to make it 4-0!
Ezequiel LAVEZZI came on for Gonzalo HIGUAIN while Maxi RODRIGUEZ was brought in to replace Angel DI MARIA.
As for actual analysis, ZABALETA was troubled throughout the match as was Clemente RODRIGUEZ. Federico FERNANDEZ picked up a yellow in the first half but in general I thought was pretty solid. GARAY wasn't too bad either.
Fernando GAGO was everywhere and one of the best players out there. Fighting and winning every ball. MASCHERANO had some problems, but wasn't as bad as he has been in the past.