Lionel Messi scored the decisive goal in Argentina’s bold victory when welcoming Venezuela in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in South America on the morning of March 26 (Hanoi time).
Argentina beat Venezuela at home thanks to the brilliance of Angel Di Maria and Lionel Messi in the last 10 minutes of the second half, besides Nicolas Gonzalez’s opening goal in the first half. Messi and his teammates are unbeaten after 16 matches in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in South America with 11 wins and 5 draws.
In front of the opponent who is at the bottom of the table, the host Argentina shows strength with an overwhelming play. Lionel Messi is still the focus with slick dribbles.
After many missed opportunities, Argentina opened the scoring in the 35th minute. Messi ignited the ball, then De Paul had a favorable pass for Nicolas Gonzalez to cushion the ball close to the net to hit Venezuela.
The visitors had only one remarkable chance in the first half, but Josef Martinez’s shot missed the goal after a teammate’s cross.
The game did not change much in the second half when Argentina still had the initiative. Meanwhile, the away team tried to find an equalizer with the aggressiveness of Martinez in attack. The striker number 17 once again missed the opportunity with a header wide of the goal in the 54th minute.
Angel Di Maria came on in the 70th minute and took only 9 minutes to score, helping Argentina lead 2-0. De Paul had an accurate long pass to let Di Maria escape the offside trap to catch the ball, then overcome the opponent’s presence and then made a skillful finish to score.
After many opportunities, Messi scored in the last minutes of the game. Superstar No. 10 coordinated with Di Maria, before controlling the ball with his chest and then finishing close to the wall, setting a 3-0 victory for Argentina in the 82nd minute. This is Messi’s 760th goal in his career in both teams and clubs.
Fans on the Alberto Jose Armando Stadium enjoyed the home team’s goal party. Argentina has 3 more points and is firmly in second place in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in South America with 38 points after 16 matches, 4 points behind Brazil.