Argentina moving towards World Cup, however difficulties still lie ahead

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By Associated Press|Released: 12th October 2017

Argentina’s Lionel Messi, center, defend the ball versus Ecuador’s Robert Arboleda, left, and Ecuador’s Jefferson Intriago throughout their 2018 World Cup certifying soccer match at the Atahualpa Olympic Arena in Quito, Ecuador, Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017.|AP

Argentina remained in problem up until the last round of South American receiving the World Cup, and required Lionel Messi to seal his nation’s location at soccer’s international display.

Now comes the actually challenging part.

Offered Argentina’s World Cup custom, the 3-1 win made versus Ecuador with Messi’s hat technique was little except necessary. Coach Jorge Sampaoli still has a lot to repair in a team that practically made Argentina miss out on a World Cup for the very first time in 48 years.

Here is a take a look at the concerns dealing with the group:


At a turning point, Argentina required Messi to action in and prevent exactly what might have been an embarrassing exit. And he definitely provided, with his 3 objectives versus Ecuador worth a location at next year’s finals.

Russia may be Messi’s last World Cup, and it will absolutely be his last effort at the peak of his powers. At the 2022 competition in Qatar, the Argentine will be 35 years of ages.

Despite his various titles with Barcelona, he has still to win a significant one for Argentina.

” The citizenship of the very best gamer worldwide is fortunately Argentine”, Sampaoli informed press reporters. “Messi does not owe a World Cup to Argentina, it is football that owes a World Cup to him. We have the possibility to assist, he is the very best gamer ever.”

The reliance on Messi has actually been proportional to the absence of objectives from other gamers.


Argentina scored just 19 objectives in its 18 video games in South American certifying, connecting with Paraguay for the second-worst record. Messi scored 7, and no other gamer included more than 2 objectives.

In the standings, South American leader Brazil and second-place Uruguay scored 41 and 32 objectives, respectively.

Messi’s hat technique in Quito provided Argentina its very first objectives in open play given that a 3-0 success over Colombia in November 2016.

Sampaoli changed veteran striker Gonzalo Higuain for Boca Juniors’ target male Dario Benedetto, and he has actually likewise generated gamers that had actually been ignored, like Mauro Icardi and Alejandro Gomez.

None did any much better.

Sergio Aguero missed out on the last 2 rounds due to injury. He and Angel Di Maria will need to step up in Russia, while Sampaoli will likewise need to discover a method to utilize Juventus starlet Paulo Dybala.


Argentina likewise deals with issues in defense, regardless of yielding just 16 objectives, the second-lowest number in South American certifying. Veteran protector Javier Mascherano appears to be at the end of his excellent perform at 33 years of age.

It was an error by Mascherano that permitted Ecuador to open the scoring on Tuesday and he has actually been often changed by Sampaoli.

Moving Mascherano back to a midfield function appears not likely, as Enzo Perez, Lucas Biglia and Ever Banega have actually all succeeded in current video games.

Goalkeeper Sergio Romero is likewise on great type regardless of being a reserve at Manchester United. Protectors Nicolas Otamendi, Gabriel Mercado and Marcos Acuna have actually likewise made applauded for their efficiencies.


Sampaoli was the group’s 3rd coach throughout certifying, with the previous Chile and Sevilla supervisor taking control of 4 months earlier after Edgardo Bauza was fired. Bauza remained on the task for just 8 matches, after being successful Gerardo Martino.

Argentina never ever utilized the very same starting lineup two times in its 18 matches, a figure which lots of think has actually made it less efficient as a group and more reliant on the private skill of Messi.

Now Sampaoli has 8 months to discover the ideal partners for Messi and assist him declare soccer’s most desirable prize.