Argentina beat Venezuela in World Cup qualifiers

CARACAS: Argentina extended their unbeaten streak to 21 games on Thursday with an easy 3-1 win over Venezuela in FIFA World Cup qualifiers in Caracas. Venezuela have beaten Argentina once in their last 14 World Cup qualifiers and hopes of a repeat were dashed on Thursday when Luis Adrian Martinez was sent off with a direct red card for a violent foul on Lionel Messi after the half hour. Subsequently, the Argentine team completely dominated the match and scored the first goal just seconds before the end of the first half, when Lautaro Martinez received a beautiful pass from Giovanni Lo Celso before putting the ball past the goalkeeper who advanced to meet him. . Argentina took more possession of the ball thanks to their numerical superiority and scored two goals in the 71st and 74th minutes thanks to substitutes Juan Correa and Angel Correa. Iverson Sutildo scored Venezuela’s only goal from a penalty kick in injury time. (Reuters)

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