Lionel Messi scored two goals from a free kick in the last Copa America. A video was recently released on social media Twitter. Lionel Messi is trying to score from three free kicks in the practice of Argentina national team. Venezuela beware!
Venezuela? In European club football, many may forget that the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in the South American region are being played again from tomorrow. Venezuela will face Argentina tomorrow at 6 am Bangladesh time in the capital Caracas.
With this match in front of him, Messi is trying to perfect the free kick in the practice of the national team. Argentina are second in the table with 3 wins and 3 draws in 6 matches in the South American qualifying round. Brazil is at the top with 18 points after winning all 6 matches.
The Argentine team is said to be in a good mood before going on the field in the seventh match of the qualifying round from their own continent. Messi and Di Maria have yet to win the Copa America in Brazil. Meanwhile, Venezuela is ninth out of 10 teams in the qualifying round. However, looking at the recent past on the Venezuelan field, there is no reason for Lionel Scaloni’s team to take this match lightly.
Argentina has always been the opponent of the World Cup qualifiers, Copa America and friendly matches against Venezuela. But in the words of Christopher Columbus, the continental champions could not return with fond memories of their last two trips to the ‘God-blessed’ country. Argentina last played on Venezuelan soil five years ago in September 2016.
Eduardo Bauer’s team drew 2–2 in that match of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. Argentina was trailing 2-0 till 6 minutes of the second half. The goals of Lucas Prato and Nicolas Otamendi finally came back with points.
Five years ago, in 2011, Argentina lost 1–0 to Venezuela in a World Cup (2014) qualifier. Argentina’s last World Cup qualifier came back from Venezuela 14 years ago, in 2008.
Under Argentine coach Alfio Basil, Gabriel Milito and young Lionel Messi scored to give Argentina a 2–0 victory.
Goalkeeper: Emiliano Martinez. Defenders: Gonzalo Montiel / Nahuel Molina, Herman Pesella, Nicolas Otamendi, Marcos Aquinia. Midfielders: Rodrigo de Paul, Guido Rodriguez, Giovanni Lo Celso / Nicolas Gonzalez. Forwards: Lionel Messi, Lautaro Martinez and Anhel Di Maria.
Argentina got a great goalkeeper against Colombia in the Copa America semi-final. Emiliano Martinez showed his ability, his value in the tiebreaker. That’s how he got into the English Premier League, but he seems to have taken himself to another level in the Copa Country jersey. Ahead of the Latin World Cup qualifiers. Argentina needs him again. Soja-saptai has informed that even if the eyes of the club are red, he will not hesitate to fulfill the ‘responsibility of the country’.
Argentina has won the Copa America since 1993. In the semi-finals, they lost to Colombia in a tiebreaker and lost to arch-rivals Brazil in the final. After the Copa final on July 11, the Argentine team was no longer seen on the field. That break is coming against Venezuela on September 3. Argentina is returning to the field. September 6 ‘Fire match’ against Brazil. Lionel Scaloni’s side will return to the field in the World Cup qualifier against Bolivia on September 10.
However, the controversy over the World Cup qualifiers in the Latin region has intensified. The controversy, of course, was created by European clubs. Many players from Brazil and Argentina are the big strengths of European clubs. The clubs have as much objection to let them play for the country in the full season. The reason for the sudden objection is the coronavirus quarantine law. The English Premier League and La Liga authorities have banned players from leaving the country due to the ongoing epidemic. There are a few specific countries on the blacklist of sanctions. League authorities have informed clubs if foreign players take leave from the club to play for the country. Then you have to quarantine at least 10 days after returning. The clubs are in trouble because of such rules in the crowded schedule.
The decision of the clubs has created anger among the footballers of Brazil and Argentina. Martinez has made it clear that he will play for Argentina. He made the announcement by posting on his Instagram. “I got a tough point,” Aston Villa goalkeeper Martinez wrote on Insta after a 1-1 draw against Brentford on Saturday night. This time we have to run for Argentina. ‘Apart from Martinez, there is another Argentine in Aston Villa. He is Emiliano Buendিয়াa. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.