Messi's late free-kick secures Argentina's win over Ecuador in World Cup qualifying.

Messi’s late free-kick secures Argentina’s win over Ecuador in World Cup qualifying

Lionel Messi masterfully steered Argentina to a narrow 1-0 triumph against their South American adversaries, Ecuador. This victory was chiefly attributed to his exquisite free-kick performance in the 78th minute.

In line with tradition, whenever the World Cup champion takes charge of a set-piece, the passionate Buenos Aires crowd collectively held its breath. Messi, now donning the colors of Inter Miami, expertly curved the ball over the defensive wall and precisely nestled it into the near corner of the net.

Ecuador’s goalkeeper, Hernan Galindez, found himself helpless, frozen in a state of awe, as Ecuador’s aspirations for a point in the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifier opener were dashed.

In the 89th minute, the diminutive No. 10 was substituted to a standing ovation and a heartfelt salute, honoring Argentina’s beloved son.