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Argentina World Cup Hopes In The Balance After Draw To Venezuela

Argentina FIFA World Cup Hopes In The Balance After Draw To Venezuela

By Kurt Buckerfield - Sep 06, 2017 07:56 AM @KurtLaduma

Jorge Sampaoli's Argentina dropped crucial points in their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Venezuela on Wednesday morning, despite Lionel Messi being at the top of his game.

The home nation got off to a promising start in Buenos Aires, with Mauro Icardi finding himself through on goal just five minutes into the clash. Mascherano's defence-splitting pass caught Venezuela off-guard, but goalkeeper Wuilker Farinez was equal to the Inter Milan forward's effort.

Two minutes later, Paulo Dybala had a shot denied from close range, with 19-year-old Farinez again showing why he is his country's first choice shot-stopper. 

Venezuela were finding it difficult to deal with Messi, whose dink over the top found Angel Di Maria in the 13th minute, and the Paris Saint-Germain then lashed the ball across goal, with Icardi just inches away from giving Argentina the lead.

Farinez pulled off another fantastic save 22 minutes into the clash, again to deny Juventus forward Dybala from close range. The teams went into half-time scoreless, despite the Albiceleste keeping the Venezuelans pinned in their own half.

Despite Sampaoli's men starting the second half confidently, the away side shocked the stadium in the 50th minute through 21-year-old winger Jhon Murillo, who scored from a counter-attack.

Argentina found the equaliser just four minutes after the breakthrough, when defender Mikel Villanueva helplessly turning Marcos Acuna's cross into his own net.  

The home team were then arguably denied a spot-kick in the 60th minute, after Icardi appeared to be tripped in Venezuela's box. The referee was quick to wave away protests, however, much to Argentina's despair.

Despite having most of the possession, Argentina were unable to find the winner in the final 30 minutes of the match. With just two more qualifiers to be played, Messi and his troops' World Cup hopes for next year are still uncertain.

Other scores:

Paraguay 1-2 Uruguay

South American qualifying table overview:

1. Brazil – 37 points

2. Uruguay – 27 points

3. Colombia – 26 points

4. Peru – 24 points

5. Argentina – 24 points

6. Chile – 23 points  

7. Paraguay – 21 points

8. Ecuador – 20 points

9. Bolivia – 13 points

10. Venezuela – 8 points

*All teams equal on matches played.  


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Melizwe17@K4L Joined: 17 Jul 2017
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Melizwe17@K4L Sep 06, 2017 04:07 PM
Argentina will bounce back
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Aguerokun Joined: 15 Dec 2013
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Aguerokun Sep 06, 2017 03:16 PM
@nicco14_k4l if he is the best let him do his magic in the national team as you say mr
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nicco14_k4l Joined: 15 Sep 2015
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nicco14_k4l Sep 06, 2017 03:14 PM
To be honest Sampaoli is the version of Komphela.
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nicco14_k4l Sep 06, 2017 03:09 PM
@Aguerokun All you care about is Messi goals! Know that Messi isn't judged by goals to be the best unlike Ronaldo.
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KNOWLEDGE JR Sep 06, 2017 02:23 PM
@alizebucs1986. It shows that you did not watch the game you are one of these stupid people who rely on Soccerladuma for score update. Leo was the creating chance but his teammate did not converct. Argentina will qualify without fear or favour. All that they have to do is defeat Peru and they will qualify taking them to 27 points. Which means that Ecaurdo and Paraguay will eliminated because they will not reach 27 points even if they win their two remaining games, as for Peru their goal different will be below than Argentina.
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alizebucs1986 Sep 06, 2017 02:11 PM
@Mavulela he should have converted the chances himself like the real king CR7 since u claim he is the king
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Kgandashisa the King Sep 06, 2017 11:17 AM
They are out of the WC just like Bafana
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Aguerokun Joined: 15 Dec 2013
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Aguerokun Sep 06, 2017 11:11 AM
Messi is a cow when it comes on national team they said ronaldo is scoring against small teams but cowmessi cant score against venezuela yere this thing
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Mavulela Sep 06, 2017 10:43 AM
Messi is surrounded by cows in his national team so he cannot win major trophy.look he was on top of the game but all passes he delivered was futile because there was no one to convert them
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Mpho Poster Sep 06, 2017 10:04 AM
Messi been not a Human should be killing all National Teams in the World. Most of his fans ar blinded by hatred. No mater how yu can teĺ them that Messi failed to score against tough Juv in 180+ minutes but the king scored two in les than 80 minutes so Faroe islands or not gv credit to were its due.
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Faysal Sep 06, 2017 09:53 AM
Argentina will qualify by hook or crook
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Manueldosantos Sep 06, 2017 09:41 AM
@Henry which Nation is the European Champion Currently?
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Rockyrantsha86 Sep 06, 2017 09:32 AM
eish my argentinah has to b there
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King of them ALL(Mae a Cowditor) Joined: 10 Aug 2017
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King of them ALL(Mae a Cowditor) Sep 06, 2017 09:08 AM
so Massesi was a usual passenger once again against a small islanders mxm what a headless cow that is #kingJ
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ARGENTINA Sep 06, 2017 09:05 AM
My Argentina will be there like it or not
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jinks Joined: 22 Jul 2017
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jinks Sep 06, 2017 08:52 AM
Sure!!Argentina failed to beat Venezuela at home and Messi whom some pipo claim is the best was playing!!They said Faroe Island is weak.luk at Venezuela at the table.Ronaldo is the REAL KING.Salute KING Cr7.
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Thierry Henry Sep 06, 2017 08:50 AM
People have forgotten that Portugal didn't even reach the last 16 in the world cup 2014
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Thierry Henry Sep 06, 2017 08:45 AM
I'm sure Argentina will qualify and I wish they can be in the same group with Portugal
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Dumisani@in.com Sep 06, 2017 08:30 AM
Dimaria is Argentina, not Messi. Messi is jst an ordinary player dat perform only wen playing for barca.
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prakazel Sep 06, 2017 08:21 AM
Nweee nweee nweeee ronaldo always scores against weak nations and farmers. What happened to Messy? This cow was anonymous against lowly venezuela

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