Ecuador is preparing for the game against Argentina in the first duel of qualification for the 2026 World Cup, and ESPN.COM brings you the latest events where The tricolor improved her performance as a visitor against the Argentines.
His first crossing to Argentine lands
Inside, on the way to the 1962 World Cup in Chile, the Ecuadorian national team made its first visit to the Albiceleste.”The game showed the superiority of the locals, who defeated La Tri, a newcomer to this type of competition, by a resounding 5-0.
Visits from Ecuador have improved
In this century, Ecuador has managed to become more competitive, and that is because of its football growth. They narrowly lost in qualifying for Germany in 2006 after Hernán Crespo’s goal gave Argentina victory.
On the way to South Africa 2010, the Ecuador national team was close to claiming their first victory in Buenos Aires when, on June 15, 2008, Patricio Urrutia gave the advantage to the tricolor. But in the agony of the duel, Rodrigo Palacio decided for the draw. This was the first point where the side, then managed by Sixto Vizuete, managed to draw.
For the qualification for the World Cup 2018 in Russia, the most important event in Ecuador took place on Argentinian soil, i.e., On October 8, 2015, the teams led by Gustavo Quinteros, with an exceptional Antonio Valencia and goals from Frickson Erazo and Felipe Caicedo, defeated the cast of “Tata” Martino 2-0 at the Monumental. For the first time in history and so far the only one, the Tri has taken three points from their visit to Argentina.
In recent Qatar 2022 qualifiers, the tricolor was measured in a new cycle with Gustavo Alfaro against Lionel Scaloni’s Argentina, in a clash that the Ecuadorians knew how to complicate if it hadn’t been for the penalty awarded to Leo Messi, which made it a sung tie, since in La Bombonera there was never a clear superiority of the “Albiceleste”.
Aside from Argentina’s 4-0 defeat by La Tri in qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Ecuador knew how to complicate Argentina at home with close results or to the point where the Ecuadorians ended up resigning.
The history of qualifiers on Argentine soil is as follows:
• Argentine wins: 6th
• Tie: 1st
• Ecuador wins: 1
This Thursday, the Tri, commanded by DT Félix Sánchez Bas, will make a visit to the Argentine countries where the reigning World Champion will be measured at the start of the road to the 2026 World Cup.