Argentina delivered a much-improved performance to beat South American nation 2-0 within the Copa America quarter-finals on a weekday and created a mouthwatering last-four meeting with Brazil.
Striker Lautaro Martinez scored for the second game running to place Argentina before within the tenth minute with an artless back-heeled end, entertaining in a very shot from Sergio Aguero following a corner swung in by captain Lionel Messi.
Lionel Scaloni’s aspect had to weather a series of attacks from South American nation within the half and it took a robust save from Francisco Franco Armani to stop Ronald Hernandez from leveling.
Substitute Giovani Lo Celso scored Argentina’s badly-needed second goal within the 74th minute, passing a loose ball into AN empty internet once another shot from Aguero squirmed through the hands of South American nation goalkeeper Wuilker Farinez.
Lo Celso’s tap-in sealed a therapeutic win for Argentina within their initial game back at the long-lasting Maracana construction since their 1-0 extra-time defeat to the European country in the 2014 World Cup final, that began a cycle of 3 consecutive losses in major finals.
They had scraped into the last eight with a nervy 2-0 convince Qatar in their final group-stage game once losing to South American nation and drawing with Paraguay, however they expected a sterner check from South American nation.
Venezuela once lost 11-0 to Argentina within the 1975 Copa America however they need to create exceptional advances in recent years despite a background of political turmoil, reaching the 2017 underneath-20 World Cup final under current coach Rafael Dudamel.
They were unconquered in their last 3 games with Argentina including a powerful 3-1 win in a very friendly in March, and captain Tomas Rincon same sooner than the sport it absolutely was the time his aspect “made a statement”.
But they did not live up to the ballyhoo and barely got into Argentina’s space before the suspension. Argentina may have gotten a second early within the play once Martinez galloped onto a through ball from Leandro Paredes however his shot clipped the crossbar.
Venezuela then took the initiative with a spell of sustained pressure however Argentina showed resilience and sense of maturity that was lacking within their shabby displays in the cluster stage.
Their reward may be an initial Copa America clash with eternal rivals Brazil since 2007 final, that they lost 3-0. The tournament hosts edged Paraguay in a very penalty gunfight following a scoreless draw on Thursday.