Argentina vs Venezuela – Football Match Report – 25 March 2022

Argentina scored twice in three minutes late in the second half, including a curiously misfiring effort from Lionel Messi, to help cement a 3-0 win over Venezuela in Friday’s World Cup qualifier in Buenos Aires.

Argentina had already qualified for Qatar ahead of Friday’s game and were ahead throughout against the bottom team in the South American qualifying group and the only one of 10 South American teams to never reach the final of world Cup.

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They got the breakthrough their pressure deserved 10 minutes before half-time when Nicolas Gonzalez struck home Rodrigo De Paul’s inviting low cross from six yards out.

Substitute Angel Di Maria scored a fine second on 79 minutes when he ran in on a through pass from De Paul and then kicked the ball past three Venezuelan defenders from outside the box.

Messi himself got the third three minutes later when he tucked in a pass from Di Maria before kicking the ball past a helpless goalkeeper, Wuilker Farinez.

The result was Venezuela’s 10th defeat in their last 12 games and extended Argentina’s unbeaten streak to 30 games since July 2019.

The home side, which was without four players suspended for breaking COVID-19 quarantine rules ahead of September’s suspended game against Brazil, has never lost to Venezuela in eight home qualifiers.

The two-time world champion and current Copa America winner will be joined in Qatar by Brazil, Ecuador and Uruguay, while Peru, Colombia and Chile will battle for fifth place and a place in the playoffs against to a team from the Asian confederation.

The final round of matches will take place next Tuesday.

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