(ESPN.com services) – A goal by Lautaro Martínez and two more by Correa, Joaquín and Ángel, gave Argentina a clear victory in the visit to Venezuela 3-1 in Caracas. Thus, the Albiceleste team established itself in second place in the South American Qualifiers for the Qatar World Cup 2022, led by Brazil.
In the 93rd minute, from a penalty, Yeferson Soteldo closed the gap for Vinotinto before his audience, in a match already resolved by the visitors, led by Lionel Scaloni.
It was very harsh, brutal, the attack on Lionel Messi by Luis Adrián Martínez, which cost the Venezuelan central defender a red card in the 32nd minute. And that set a trend due to the numerical superiority of the winner.
Thus, it was Messi’s first commitment to Argentina after making his debut last Sunday with Paris Saint-Germain and winning his first title with the Albiceleste national team in July, in the last Copa América in Brazil and against the local team in the great final.
Scaloni presented three novelties regarding the line-up he used in the 1-0 triumph over Brazil in the Copa América: Nahuel Molina instead of Gonzalo Montiel as right-back and central Germán Pezzella and midfielder Guido Rodríguez in the suspended positions Cristian Romero and Leandro Paredes.
With 10 players, Vinotinto was easy prey for Albiceleste, which now has 15 points in seven games, thanks to goals from Martínez in minute 47, Joaquín Correa in minute 71 and Ángel Correa in 74.
On its own, Venezuela is in the last position of the classification, with 4, very far from the World Cup dream.
On Sunday, Argentina will play the South American classic against Brazil and away, whose team will seek revenge for the aforementioned definition of the Copa América, in a duel on the tenth day of the Qualifiers against Qatar.