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Lionel Messi Nets Two In Eight Minutes, Gives Argentina 2-1 Lead At Half

After a nightmare start, Messi put the team on his back and netted a brace in the span of eight minutes.

You know what Kobe Bryant once said: “You shake a tree and a leopard is gonna fall out.” Well, Ecuador shook the tree. Ecuador's Romario Ibarra netted a nifty little goal off a couple of give-and-go headers and La Albiceleste were off to a nightmarish start. Then the leopard fell out.

Lionel Messi is the leopard. Messi went on to score two goals just eight minutes apart (12’ and 20’) to give Argentina life on the last day of this crazy CONMEBOL qualifying campaign.

Messi goal vs Ecuador #1

Messi goal vs Ecuador #2

 As of RIGHT NOW, 8:20PM, this is how CONMEBOL would shake out: