Argentina🇦🇷 March👣 on
Messi Inspired Argentina to a 3-0 win over Ecuador after his three-goal contributions of a goal and two assists
The scoreline albeit did little justice to the team’s performance on the pitch as the Ecuador team actually proved stubborn for the larger part of the game.
The first goal came in the 40th minute with Rodrigo de Paul finishing up a goal from a Lionel Messi’s pass.
In a much more interesting 2nd half, a defensive error from Ecuador allowed Lionel to tee up a pass to Lautaro Martinez who in turn made no mistake with a brilliant top corner finish. After Hincapie’s foul on Di Maria and a consequent red card in the 89th minute, Messi made no mistake converting the subsequent freekick, his second direct free-kick goal of the tournament.
It was the cherry on the icing for the out of club contract Argentine who had a brilliant game, typical of a captain’s performance.
The result means Argentina will face Colombia in the semis. The Colombian team defeated Uruguay in the quarter-finals via penalties after a 0-0 full-time score.
Meanwhile, good news perhaps for Argentina after their old foe, Chile, were eliminated. Chile has denied Argentina and Messi in particular twice in the last six years from clinching an international trophy.
On the other hand, an adversary still remains in Brazil who defeated Chile by a 1-0 scoreline after a 46th minute Lucas Paqueta’s goal.
It should be recalled that it’s the same Brazil team that eliminated Argentina in the semi-finals of the last edition.
A possible Semi reunion won’t be possible this year though. Brazil will instead play Peru who defeated Paraguay on penalties after a 3-3 full-time result.
The two semi finals will take place on the mornings of 6th and 7th of July.
Football fans on their end are waiting to see if Lionel Messi who had been on terrific form throughout this tournament will break the jinx and win his country a first international trophy this year.
Euros still on🇪🇺⚽…
Football fans should also not forget that Europe is still heated up.
The European championships which started with 24 teams has now been left with just 4.
Italy who defeated tournament favourites, Belgium, 2-1 will take on Spain who on their own end defeated giant-killers Switzerland on penalties.
The star-studded English national team will also lock horns with the greatly Inspired Denmark team.
England comfortably defeated Ukraine with a 4-0 scoreline while the Danish team managed a 2-1 victory against the hard-fighting Czech republic.
Both semi final matches will come up on Tuesday and Wednesday night respectively.
Followers of the round leather game all over the world are eagerly anxious to see who will emerge victorious and face off in the finals of this year’s tournaments.