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Lionel Messi magnificent hat-trick leads Argentina to Russia World Cup against Ecuador

Lionel Messi sends Argentina to World Cup 2018 with magnificent hat-trick against EcuadorLionel Messi was the hero for Argentina as the striker scored a hat-trick against Ecuador on Tuesday to seal their spot in next year’s World Cup in Russia.

Argentina, who won the World Cup twice in 1978 and 1986, was close to missing out of the 2018 World Cup after starting the match in sixth place in the South American qualifying group.

The match which held at the Estadio Olimpico Atahualpa in Quito, saw the host stun Argentina by scoring after just 38 seconds to the match as midfielder Romario Iborra hit on target.

But thanks to Argentina captain, Messi, who did his magic with an equaliser in the 12th minute and then scored another in the 20th minute, his 20th goal for his country in World Cup qualifying which is also a South American record.

The Barcelona striker completed his hat-trick in the 62nd minute. It was Messi’s 21st career goal in 45 World Cup qualifiers.

Argentina who clinched 28 points from their qualifying games, will join fellow South American country Brazil who finished top with 41 points, followed by Uruguay (31) and Colombia (27). Peru finished fifth (26) and will face New Zealand in November.Lionel Messi sends Argentina to World Cup 2018 with magnificent hat-trick against Ecuador

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Lionel Messi weds Antonella Roccuzzo June 30

Related imageArgentina and Barcelona football superstar Lionel Messi is to marry his long term partner and mother of his two children, Antonella Roccuzzo, in their hometown of Rosario on June 30th.

“The wedding will be held in Rosario, Argentina, on June 30,” Messi’s personal communications agency 6Pointer said.

The ceremony between the five-time Ballon d’Or winner and his childhood sweetheart is to be held at Rosario cathedral and many of Messi’s Barcelona teammates are expected, chief amongst them the couple’s closest friends, Uruguay striker Luis Suarez and his wife Sofia Balbi.

Messi turns 30 on June 24 and Roccuzzo is 29 and the pair have been living together for nine years and have two children, four-year-old Thiago and baby Mateo.

Fifa lift Messi’s 4 Argentina match ban

Messi's four-game Argentina ban and fine rescinded after FIFA appeal

The Barcelona forward sat out a damaging World Cup qualifying defeat to Bolivia, but is free to rejoin his country’s quest to reach Russia 2018

Lionel Messi’s four-match ban for allegedly insulting an official in Argentina’s World Cup qualifier against Chile has been rescinded by FIFA following an appeal.

The Barcelona forward had been banned from playing in their subsequent qualifier against Bolivia, which the World Cup 2014 finalists lost.

“The FIFA Appeal Committee has upheld the appeal lodged by the Argentinian Football Association, on behalf of the player Lionel Messi, against the decision taken by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee, lifting the sanctions imposed on him as a result,” FIFA said in a statement on Friday.

“Following a hearing which took place in Zurich on 4 May 2017, the Appeal Committee has set aside the decision taken by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee on March 28 2017, which, in application of art. 77 a) of the FIFA Disciplinary Code (FDC), had found Lionel Messi guilty of infringing art. 57 of the FDC for having directed insulting words at an assistant referee.

 

Barca will continue to fight for La Liga title -Messi

Image result for Lionel MessiFormer World footballer of the year, Lionel Messi on Monday hailed Barcelona’s dramatic 3-2 Clasico victory over arch-rivals Real Madrid as an “important step” in the race for the La Liga title, AFP reports.

Messi’s last-gasp goal marked his 500th for Barcelona and blew the La Liga title race wide open at Real Madrid on Sunday.

Victory takes Barca top of the table thanks to their better head-to-head record with both sides locked on 75 points, but Madrid have a game in hand.

“We went to the Bernabeu to win and to continue to fight for La Liga,” the five-time Ballon d’Or winner said on his Facebook page.

“There is still a long way to go, but we left with the joy of having taken an important step,” added Messi, the top scorer in La Liga with 31 goals, alongside a photo of himself celebrating one of his goals.

Barcelona are bidding for a third straight La Liga and Spanish Cup double. They play Alaves in the Cup final on May 27.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid’s La Liga title credentials will be put to the test on Wednesday as a tough week continues with a tricky trip to Deportivo La Coruna.

This season the Galician side’s Riazor Stadium has proven an unhappy hunting ground for top clubs.

Atletico Madrid, Villarreal and Valencia have all been held to draws there, while Barcelona succumbed to a shock 2-1 defeat last month as the battle by Pepe Mel’s side to avoid the drop gathered pace.

After losing a dramatic Clasico  with the last kick of the game – a result that sees the Catalans move ahead at the top of the table because of their superior head-to-head record – Madrid know they cannot afford defeat as they bid to lift their first La Liga title for five years.

Coach Zinedine Zidane insisted that, while they might currently sit second, the fact that Madrid have played one game fewer means they still control their own destiny.

“Nothing changes, we still have things in our own hands and we are only thinking about Wednesday’s game,” Zidane said.

“It (the Clasico) was not about deciding who wins La Liga. A win, loss or draw means that nothing changes. We are disappointed as overall we did not deserve to lose, but football is like that. We do not have too much time to wallow and have to get over it.”

ULC: Barcelona makes history, becomes first team in history to up turn 4 goals

Barcelona complete greatest comeback in Champions League history

Barca are the first side in Champions League and European Cup history to overturn a four-goal first-leg deficit, after defeating PSG 6-1 on Wednesday.

Barcelona made Champions League history on Wednesday, overcoming a four-goal first-leg deficit against PSG to advance to the quarter-finals.

Luis Enrique’s side were the first in Champions League and European Cup history to rally back from four down after the opening match.

Sergi Roberto was the hero for Barca, scoring in the 94th minute to complete what many viewed as an unrealistic feat before the match began.

Neymar had a double, while Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez also found the net for Barcelona. PSG’s Layvin Kurzawa was credited with an own goal.

Football: UEFA Champions League 2016/2017 Wednesday 19 Oct 2016 Results

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It was happiness for Futbol Club Barcelona , Arsenal Club due to brillant performances of  Lionel Messi and Mesut Ozil.

Both were the stars of the night as Nigeria forward Alex Iwobi dropped to the bench for the first time this season in Arsenal’s 6-0 win over Bulgarian side Ludogorets Razgrad in Wednesday night’s UEFA Champions League clash at the Emirates Stadium.
A second half hat-trick from Mesut Ozil and earlier strikes from Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sent the Gunners top of Group A ahead of Paris Saint-Germain who defeated FC Basel.
The London-based outfit extended their winning streak to seven successive wins in all competitions, since their 4-3 loss to Liverpool in their first game of the season.
And Iwobi, 20, who has started in all games for the Gunners when fit but made way for Oxlade Chamberlain in the starting line-up, replaced Alexis Sanchez in the 73rd minute.
At the Camp Nou, Kelechi Iheanacho watched from the sidelines, not even on the bench, as Manchester City were outclassed by Barcelona 4-0.
Lionel Messi bagged a hat-trick in the encounter as ten-man Manchester City lost for the second time this season.
Neymar scored a brilliant individual fourth for Barcelona after earlier missing a penalty.
See full result below:
PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN  3-0 FC BASEL
ARSENAL 6-0 LUDOGORETS
DYNAMO KYIV 0-2 BENFICA
NAPOLI 2-3 BESIKTAS
FUTBOL CLUB BARCELONA 4-0MANCHESTER CITY
CELTIC 0-2 BORUSSIA MÖNCHENGLADBACH

Why Messi returned to Argentina football team

Lionel Messi has sensationally returned to Argentine National team after holding talks with new coach Edgardo Bauza. Messi, 29, who is Argentina’s all-time leading scorer with 55 goals in 113 appearances, quit after Argentina’s Copa America final defeat by Chile in June in which he cried and told media reporters after the match that he had decided to retire. But in a statement reported by media in Argentina, the Barcelona striker said he made the U-turn for the “love of the country” and “to help from within”.

“A lot of things went through my mind on the night of the final and I gave serious thought to quitting, but my love for my country and this shirt is too great. We need to fix many things in Argentinian football, but I prefer to do this from inside and not criticise from outside.”

“A lot of things went through my head the day of the last final and I seriously thought about quitting, but I love this country and this shirt too much. I thank all the people who want me to keep playing with Argentina, I hope we can soon deliver them some joy.”

Messi on Friday was named in Argentina’s squad for the next set of International friendlies alongside  Manchester City trio Sergio Aguero, Pablo Zabaleta and Nicolas Otamendi and Manchester United pair Sergio Romero and Marcos Rojo.

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