Argentina’s forward Lionel Messi will be missing the upcoming clash against Ecuador in first qualifier match of 2018 world cup. So Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero will be act as the key player in opening fixture. Team coach Gerardo Martino is hoping that the City’s forward can do the job of Messi in his absence. Lionel Messi was injured seriously during the clash against Las Palmas in La Liga match that forced him to play football for two months. The first match of South America qualifying round will be played at Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti. Given below is the full schedule of this match.
Argentina Vs Ecuador IST Time in India
|Competition||FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers|
|Date||9 Oct 2015 [Local & India]|
|Time||12:00 am [GMT], 5:30 am [IST]|
|Stadium||Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti|
|Telecast channels||Sony Six SD, beIN Sports etc.|
According to Indian standard time, Argentina vs Ecuador match will begin at 5:30 am on 9th of October 2015. The Indian fans can enjoy its live telecast and broadcasting on TV channels Sony Six SD. Other can watch the list of worldwide broadcast below.
Argentina vs Ecuador Telecast channels In India
Argentina: Canal 7 TV Publica, TyC Sports Argentina
Ecuador: TyC Sports Internacional, Gamavision, TC Television
Australia: beIN Sports Connect A.U.
Brazil: SporTV 2
Canada: beIN Sports en Espanol, beIN Sports Connect CAnada, beIN Sports Canada
Chile: TyC Sports Internacional
Colombia: TyC Sports Internacional
Croatia: Arena Sport 4
India: Sony Six SD
Israel: Sport 1
Lebanon: beIN Sports Arabia 4 HD, beIN Sports Connect Arabia
Paraguay: TyC Sports Internacional
Portugal: Sport TV2
South Africa: Super sport Maximo 2
United States: beIN Sports en Espanol, beIN Sports Connect USA, Fubo TV, beIN Sports USA
Although there will be no Lionel Messi, but still it will be tough task for Ecuador to face strong force of Argentina at away stadium. But it would be better if the game come to an end with a draw.
So far in international career, Lionel Messi has scored 32 goals in 68 matches for Argentina. He is just two goals away to match the goal scoring record of world cup winner Diego Maradona.
In his absence, the responsibility to fire Argentina to a winning start in qualifying will fall upon the shoulders of Sergio Aguero. The Manchester City striker could hardly be joining up with his country in better form, having scored five goals in 6–1 win over Newcastle United.
Not only Lionel Messi, some other players like Marcos Rojo, Ever Banega and Enzo Perez will be also absent against Ecuador.
Out of last five head to head games between these two international sides, Argentina have won 2 of them. On the other hand Ecuador have not won any head to head in last five encounters.
Prediction: Footballwood predicts 3–1 win for Argentina.