LIVE: World Cup qualifying in South America

Robert Arboleda, Angel Mena, Michael Estrada and Xavier Arreaga – aided by a series of defensive errors – had La Tri 4-0 up inside 40 minutes, and Cafeteros coach Carlos Queiroz reacted by making four substitutions before half-time.

Gonzalo Plata made it 5-1 in fine style and though he collected a second yellow card for his goal celebration, it failed to stop Ecuador amplifying the victory through Pervis Estupinan.

Last month, in a 4-2 victory over Uruguay, at the age of 18 years and 347 days, Moises Caicedo became the first player born in the 21st century to score in World Cup qualifying.

Reinaldo Rueda's charges were much better in the second half, with Alexis Sanchez producing some breathtaking touches, but ultimately were caught on the break and remain on four points from four outings.

It left Peru requiring victory in Buenos Aires to reach their fourth World Cup in five attempts, and they were nine minutes away from getting it until Ricardo Gareca bundled home an equaliser to snatch Argentina a ticket to the finals.

Rodrigo De Paul on Lionel Messi to “When you start sharing things with him, he is so transparent that, instead of telling him what you think of him, you feel more like asking him about his little kids or of reminding him of the time he took you out with his studs up in a Valencia-Barcelona game (laughs).

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