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Lionel Messi happy to be able to deliver Argentina win

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The Barcelona captain scored the winner against Ecuador

Argentina v Ecuador - South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022 Photo by Agustin Marcarian - Pool/Getty Images

Lionel Messi was happy to be able to deliver victory for Argentina against Ecuador in World Cup qualifying on Thursday.

The Barcelona captain netted the only goal of the game from the penalty spot at an empty La Bombonera to ensure Lionel Scaloni’s side got off to a great start.

Messi offered his thoughts on the win and being back with the national team after the game.

“It was a complicated year for what we are living through,”he said.

“Being able to go back and play with the Argentina national team and give happiness to people with the win, beyond the game, serves to decompress. Much strength to all Argentines.

“We knew it was going to be complicated. but the most important thing is that we won and now we have to work to keep growing. It was important to start off with a win because we know how difficult the World Cup qualifiers are.”

Source | Goal

Argentina now head for Bolivia for their second qualifier on Tuesday. César Farías’ side play their first qualifier on Friday against Brazil in Sao Paulo.