After the disappointment against Brazil, Argentina strikes back against Colombia. Lionel Messi makes a show during the worldcup qualifiers 2018 and the game Argentina vs Colombia ended up 3-0. Leo Messi was directly involved in every goal of the game scoring 1 and assisting 2.
Argentina’s starting line-up included S. Romario as the goalkeeper, Funes Mori and Nicolas Otamendi as the 2 center backs and E. Mas and G.Mercado started as the 2 full-backs. The defensive midfield included Javier Mascherano and L.Biglia. Lionel Messi started on the right wing, Angel Di Maria on the left wing and Ever Banega was the central attacking midfielder. L. Pratto was the lone striker replacing Gonzalo Higuain who starts on the position 9/10 times. The 4-2-3-1 formation paid off for Argentina.
On the other side, Colombia played 4-4-1-1 formation with David Ospina as the goalkeeper and Balanta, Murillo, Sanchez, and Arias as the 4 on the back. The midfield consisted of Cordero, Carlos Sanchez, Torress, and Barrios. James Rodriguez played as the attacking midfielder and Rademel Falcao as the lone striker up front.
The Argentine coach had pressure after the loss against Brazil and their place in the Russia 2018 was in jeopardy. Moreover, Lionel Messi and co were at the 6th place of the qualifier table which was actually a dangerous position. Although, after beating Colombia they currently hold the 5th position. But this doesn’t guarantee them a place in the upcoming world cup. And they still need to improve in order to reserve their place in the competition.
Lionel Messi opened the scoring of the game by scoring an insane free-kick. Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina didn’t have any answer to the spectacular strike and the ball went in after the touch of the woodwork. The next goal came in in the 21st minute of the game. Messi gives a cross to Pratto from the right wing, and he scored a great header. The delivery from the right wing was so perfect that the striker couldn’t miss the golden opportunity to increase the lead. The 3rd goal was scored by Angel Di Maria after a beautiful pass from Lionel Messi. Although the game Argentina vs Colombia ended 3-0, they still have to improve and cater more points in order to qualify.