Magical Messi Sees Argentina Through To World Cup Finals

A Magical Lionel Messi hat-trick carried Argentina to a 3-1 win over Ecuador and Booked their place at Next Year's World Cup in Russia.

The 2014 runners up began the day sixth in the group and needing a top-four place to qualify automatically.

They made a terrible start in Quito, losing a goal inside 38 seconds, but fought back with Messi to the Fore.

The Barcelona forward equalised in the high-altitude Ecuadorian Capital after 12 Minutes when he linked up with Paris St-Germain midfielder angel Di Maria and stabbed home.

The five-time World Player of the Year's Second goal came eight minutes later with a powerful strike from the edge of the area before a fine solo goal in the second half sealed the victory and Argentina's passage to Russia.