Messi's stunning free-kick helps Argentina win first leg (VIDEO)

The Argentina-Ecuador match of the 1st round of the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers took place at the "Monumental Antonio Vespuccio Liberty" stadium in Buenos Aires. The reigning world champions won 1:0. "Inter Miami" striker Lionel Messi scored the only home team goal in the 78th minute.

It should be noted that 10 teams are participating in the South American qualifying tournament, which will have two rounds. The teams occupying the first to sixth places qualify for the final game. The first two rounds will be held in September 2023, and the tournament will end in September 2025.