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Watch: U2 Delay Gig In Argentina So Fans Could Watch Crucial World Cup Qualifier

Watch: U2 Delay Gig In Argentina So Fans Could Watch Crucial World Cup Qualifier

There are a significant number of Irish football fans out there who hold memories of watching Jason McAteer slot the ball past Edwin Van Der Sar in 2001 at Slane Castle as the match was shown on the big screens before U2 took to the stage for a legendary gig, but over in Argentina similar memories were made last night.

Yesterday, the members of the band agreed to postpone their gig at La Plata stadium in Buenos Aires by two hours so that their fans could watch Argentina's crucial meeting with Ecuador for a chance to reach the 2018 World Cup.

Despite the risk of performing in front of a crowd that would have been completely deflated had Messi and his pals not managed to get the job done, U2 gave it the OK and it turned out to work very well.

Noel Gallagher was the opening act and he played his set before a two-hour break to show the match on the big screens. Messi then did his thing with a hat-trick on a 3-1 win to send the crowd wild, before U2 came out to cap an unforgettable night for all in attendance.

Footage has since emerged and it does indeed look like an incredible occasion.

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Great stuff.

-Noel Gallagher as the warm-up.
-Lionel Messi going Roy of the Rovers to drag your nation to a World Cup.
-U2 to celebrate.

A fantastic night for Argentinian fans of football and U2.

Mikey Traynor

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