Leo Messi offered his thoughts after netting the winner as Argentina saw off Ecuador: "It was important to get off to a winning start because we know just how tough the qualifying campaign is. All of the games will be just as tough as this one. We'd hoped for better from ourselves in terms of our play, but that's to be expected, it's been a long time since we last played together. The important thing was to get the win and we've got to work hard to keep on improving. It's been a tough year for everyone, especially because of the pandemic. Winning the game and putting smiles on the fans' faces is all positive. I send my best wishes to all Argentines because these are really tough times for everyone".