Venezuela, a rival that became uncomfortable for Argentina


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Venezuela, a rival that became uncomfortable for Argentina

The Argentine National Team retakes the South American Qualifiers as a visitor against Venezuela, a rival that, although it does not have a good update, in recent years has known how to complicate the Albiceleste team.

The general record between the two national teams largely favors Argentina with 21 wins out of 24 matches, just two losses and two draws.

But in the most recent history, the Vinotinto has given some surprises. The last match is still fresh: it was on June 28 in Brazil, with Argentina’s 2-0 victory at Maracana for the America Cup to access the semifinals.

And the previous time in that contest, he also had the same winner, but 4-1 in Massachusetts, also in the quarterfinals.

When it comes to World Cup qualifiers, the picture has changed a bit in recent years. Since 2007, that is, with Lionel Messi in the Argentine National Team, they have met six times, of which the Albiceleste won three times.

On October 16, 2007, as a visitor, it was 2-0 with a goal from Messi. In the following, on March 28, 2009, Argentina was beaten 4-0 with the last of Messi, at the Monumental in Buenos Aires. And the last victory was on March 23, 2013, again at River Stadium, 3-0 and again with a score by La Pulga.

On October 11, 2011, Vinotinto made history in Puerto de la Cruz, by beating Albiceleste 1-0 for the first time, on what was just the second date heading to the 2014 World Cup.

In the last two meetings between these teams, Venezuela was close to taking the three points again, with agonizing draws for Argentina: the first on September 6, 2016 in Merida, finished 2-2.

And on September 5, 2017, in Buenos Aires, it was 1-1 thanks to a goal against Rolf Feltscher.


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