After Argentina’s qualification for the 2022 World Cup, Scaloni celebrates a “wonderful” year

BERLIN: Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni celebrated what he described as a “wonderful year” which saw the team crown the Copa America and qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. On Tuesday evening, Argentina and Brazil drew 0-0 in the 14th round of the South American qualifiers for the World Cup. But the Argentine side qualified less than an hour later, after Ecuador beat Chile 2-0 in the same round, after Colombia drew 0-0 with Paraguay. The decision to qualify for the World Cup was the culmination of a successful year for the two-time World Cup-winning Argentina national team, who ended a 28-year fast for coronation after defeating the Brazil in the Copa America final last July. “It’s been a great year,” said Scaloni, who matched the record by Alejandro Sabella for Argentina’s second-longest unbeaten streak in South American qualifiers, where the team remained unbeaten in 13 consecutive games. Win the Cuban title and qualify for the unbeaten World Cup. It was a dream. “” We scored four points against very strong opponents. Obviously we all love to win, but these games help the team to grow. There is no doubt that we are seeing a positive balance. ” He added: “Qualify in this moment through a really difficult qualifying is something we should be proud of. “Star Lionel Messi returned to the starting lineup of the Argentine national team, but failed to score during the Super Clasico match against Brazil, during which the Argentine team managed to keep his record unbeaten for 27 consecutive games in all competitions. The Argentine team, which hopes to win the World Cup for the first time since 1986, raised the score to 29 points in second place in qualifiers, six points behind the Brazilian team, which had already qualified for the finals within days does. By defeating Chile, the Ecuadorian side also strengthened their qualification hopes, bringing the score to 23 points in third place. After Messi lost his usual form during the match, the Argentine, who missed two games for his Paris Saint-Germain side before the national team break, spoke of fitness issues. Messi said, before learning about Argentina’s qualification for the World Cup: “I am in good shape, otherwise I would not have participated. “He added:” I have been via for a long time and it is not easy to play a game with this pace and these needs. “He continued:” I am fine and I know that I will gradually regain my pace. I hope to finish well quest’year “. (dpa)

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