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Argentina, Uruguay and Colombia qualify

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick as Argentina came from behind to win away in Ecuador and qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Brazil had already qualified and Luis Suarez scored twice as Uruguay beat Bolivia 4-2 to qualify, with Colombia also advancing with a 1-1 draw in Peru.

Peru finished fifth in South American Qualifying and will now meet New Zealand in a two-legged play-off.

But Alexis Sanchez and Chile are out after losing 3-0 away in Brazil.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Ecuador

  • 1Banguera
  • 4Velasco
  • 23Aimar
  • 3Arboleda
  • 6Ramírez
  • 15IntriagoSubstituted forUchuariat 77′minutes
  • 5Ibarra
  • 18Orejuela
  • 14CevallosBooked at 14minsSubstituted forE Valenciaat 41′minutes
  • 8Ibarra
  • 17OrdóñezSubstituted forEstradaat 64′minutesBooked at 75mins

Substitutes

  • 2Johnson
  • 7Estrada
  • 9Murillo
  • 10Plata
  • 11Uchuari
  • 12Ortíz
  • 13E Valencia
  • 19Garcés
  • 20López
  • 21Arreaga
  • 22Piedra

Argentina

  • 1Romero
  • 2Mercado
  • 14MascheranoBooked at 86mins
  • 17Otamendi
  • 18SalvioSubstituted forFazioat 90′minutes
  • 6BigliaBooked at 61mins
  • 8Pérez
  • 15AcuñaBooked at 51mins
  • 10Messi
  • 11Di MaríaSubstituted forParedesat 84′minutes
  • 7BenedettoSubstituted forIcardiat 76′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Fazio
  • 4Pezzella
  • 5Pérez
  • 9Icardi
  • 12Guzmán
  • 13Mammana
  • 16Rigoni
  • 19Banega
  • 20Paredes
  • 21Dybala
  • 22Gomez
  • 23Marchesín
Referee:
Anderson Daronco

Match Stats

Home TeamEcuadorAway TeamArgentina
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home9
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away7
Corners
Home7
Away7
Fouls
Home23
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Ecuador 1, Argentina 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ecuador 1, Argentina 3.

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Cristian Ramírez.

Foul by Cristian Ramírez (Ecuador).

Leandro Paredes (Argentina) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Máximo Banguera.

Attempt saved. Mauro Icardi (Argentina) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Enzo Pérez with a through ball.

Hand ball by Jonny Uchuari (Ecuador).

Attempt missed. Michael Estrada (Ecuador) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Pedro Velasco with a cross.

Attempt missed. Renato Ibarra (Ecuador) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a set piece situation.

Substitution

Substitution, Argentina. Federico Fazio replaces Eduardo Salvio.

Enner Valencia (Ecuador) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lucas Biglia (Argentina).

Enner Valencia (Ecuador) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lionel Messi (Argentina).

Booking

Javier Mascherano (Argentina) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jonny Uchuari (Ecuador) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Javier Mascherano (Argentina).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Argentina. Leandro Paredes replaces Ángel Di María.

Delay in match Ángel Di María (Argentina) because of an injury.

Foul by Romario Ibarra (Ecuador).

Lionel Messi (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Renato Ibarra (Ecuador).

Marcos Acuña (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Michael Estrada (Ecuador) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Cristian Ramírez with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Ecuador. Jonny Uchuari replaces Jefferson Intriago.

Substitution

Substitution, Argentina. Mauro Icardi replaces Darío Benedetto.

Booking

Michael Estrada (Ecuador) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Michael Estrada (Ecuador).

Gabriel Mercado (Argentina) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Ecuador. Conceded by Eduardo Salvio.

Romario Ibarra (Ecuador) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lucas Biglia (Argentina).

Attempt blocked. Ángel Di María (Argentina) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Darío Benedetto.

Foul by Jefferson Intriago (Ecuador).

Lionel Messi (Argentina) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Pedro Velasco (Ecuador) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is too high.

Attempt blocked. Enner Valencia (Ecuador) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked. Assisted by Cristian Ramírez.

Attempt missed. Ángel Di María (Argentina) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

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