Lionel Messi’s hat – trick was just all Argentina needed to pick a ticket to the Russia 2018 World Cup next year.
Before the match against Ecuador which ended 3 – 1, Argentina sat sixth on the CONMEBOL table and were on the verge of missing out of next year’s Mundial.
The win moved Argentina three spots up the table to third place. Meanwhile,in other matches on the night, Chile lost 3-0 to Brazil and got eliminated, while Peru got into the play-offs with a draw with Colombia.
After the match, an excited Messi said: “It would have been crazy not to be in the World Cup. The group deserved to qualify.
“There has been criticism despite having played three consecutive finals and today was an important day for all, especially for those who have been here longer.”
Draws for the world cup will hold on December 1 in Russia.