Argentina replayed eleven months after their last game on Thursday. And it went well in terms of the result with a victory against Ecuador (1-0) in the first qualifying match for the World Cup. For the rest, the meeting quickly sank into boredom.
Despite this, Lionel Messi, the only scorer in the game from the penalty spot, was satisfied to reconnect a little with the Argentine people, despite the absence of the public at the Bombonera. At the end of the meeting, the six-fold Golden Ball sent a strong message to his compatriots.
“I send a lot of force to all Argentines”
“It was a complicated year because of what we are going through,” recalled the Barça star. To be able to play again with the national team and to give joy to people of victory, beyond the game, it serves to decompress a little. I send a lot of force to all Argentines. “
On the meeting, Messi only retains the victory. “We knew it was going to be complicated, but the important thing is that we won, he added. Now we have to work to keep growing. It was important to start with a victory because we know how much qualifying is tough. The games are always tough, we expected this level, we haven’t played for a long time. Anxiety also makes it difficult. “
Lionel Scaloni’s men now have an appointment on Tuesday for a new complicated match in Bolivia, perched at 3,600 meters above sea level in La Paz.