Argentine star Lionel Messi and his former Barcelona teammate, Uruguayan Luis Suarez, led their national teams to beating Ecuador and Chile 1-0 and 2-1 respectively at the start of the South American qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup. The new Corona. 10 teams will participate in the qualifiers, 4 of which will qualify directly for the finals, with the fifth-placed team participating in the supplement.
At the famous “La Bombonera” stadium in Boca Juniors’ Buenos Aires, and in front of empty stands, Messi scored the game’s only goal from a penalty kick in the 13th minute after winger Lucas Ocampos was blocked in the area by Estobinian. Messi raised the number of his international goals to 71 in 139 matches with his country.
In Montevideo, new Atletico Madrid striker Luis Suarez led the Uruguay national team to a difficult 2-1 victory over Chile, scoring the opening goal from the penalty kick, boosting his record of international goals in the ranks of his country to 60 goals after Sebastian Vega’s handball inside the region.
Inter Milan striker Alexis Sanchez equalized for Chile with a creeping shot (54), but the last word was for Maxi Gomez, who fired a powerful shot from 18 meters into the net, giving the victory to his country.
The Uruguayan national team missed its veteran striker Edinson Cavani, 33, who was recently transferred to Manchester United, because he has not played any games in the last six months.
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