A shock 2-1 defeat to Trinidad and Tobago dumped the United States of America out of FIFA World Cup 2018 for the first time since 1986. Chile lost 3-0 to Brazil and Peru’s draw added to the side’s elimination after a successful campaign in Rio.
Meanwhile, Lionel Messi, the maestro lifted Argentina with a 3-1 win over Ecuador to qualify at the Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa, Quito earlier today. Ibarra’s goal in the first minute gave Ecuador the lead but Messi struck thrice in the 12th, 20th and 62nd minute to see his side through.
There was always the fear of coming here to play. Luckily, we could react and we managed to play well. We were calm, we achieved the goal and that is the most important thing. Thanks to God, we fulfilled the objective. It would have been crazy not to be in the World Cup. The group deserved to qualify,” said Lionel Messi.
Portugal and France qualified with easy wins over Switzerland and Belarus but the Netherlands failed despite winning 2-0 against Sweden. The Dutch, who finished third in the 2014 World Cup, are eliminated.
Roman Torres’ 88th-minute winner over Costa Rica took Panama to their maiden world cup.
Gonzalez and Jones gave Trinidad and Tobago a two-nil lead at halftime in the crunch game against the United States. Pulisic found the back of the net in the 47th minute but it was a little too late for America.
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