Argentine forward Lionel Messi made the difference for his side, scoring a hat-trick to ensure that an Argentine national team that was out of the qualification spot before the final round secured a spot in Russia next year.
The 3-1 victory in Quito means Argentina join Brazil to get an automatic spot to the World Cup, alongside Colombia and Uruguay, while Peru who played a 1-1 draw with Colombia will go for a play-off against New Zealand.
Chile’s 3-0 loss to Brazil means La Roja who were in top four before the final round are out of the World Cup and would need to wait till next edition.
Venezuela got a surprise and shocking win at Paraguay, ending Paraguay’s hope of going to the World cup for the second consecutive time and infringing serious pains on the home side whose fans had gathered with high hopes of securing one of the berths.
Messi’s hat-trick takes the Barcelona forward all-time goals for Argentina to 58, keeping him the all-time leading highest goal scorer of Argentina.
The victory in Quito also means Lionel Messi’s hat-trick has helped his country break their 16 years jinx in Ecuador getting a well-deserved victory that would forever be remembered by the nation.