Copa America - Quarter-final
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Copa America: Argentina beat Venezuela to set up Brazil semi-final

By Shamoon HafezBBC Sport
Lautaro Martinez
Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez scored his sixth goal for Argentina

Argentina set up a tantalising Copa America semi-final against hosts Brazil after easing past Venezuela 2-0.

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero was involved in both goals as Argentina aim for their third straight final.

Aguero's low drive was flicked in by Lautaro Martinez and goalkeeper Wuilker Farinez then spilled the striker's shot for Giovani Lo Celso to tap home.

Venezuela created very little and Ronald Hernandez saw his shot from close range kept out by Franco Armani.

In fact, that was Venezuela's only shot on target with River Plate goalkeeper Armani redundant for much of the game, though he did prove to be an effective aerial presence.

Lionel Scaloni's side will play Brazil in Mineirao at 01:30 BST on Wednesday after the tournament hosts edged past Paraguay on penalties following a 0-0 draw.

Though he was largely quiet against Venezuela, captain Lionel Messi will take heart from knowing Argentina are one win away from another Copa America final.

They have been beaten on the past two occasions on penalties by Chile and lost in the final in four of the past five tournaments.

Argentina were the better side in a fragmented game not helped by Colombian referee Wilmar Roldan handing out six yellow cards and stopping play on a number of occasions to consult about incidents with the video assistant referee.

Inter Milan striker Martinez should have had two goals in the game, but struck the outside of the post in a one-on-one with the goalkeeper, while substitute Angel di Maria curled straight at Farinez late on.

Line-ups

Venezuela

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Fariñez
  • 20Hernández
  • 4Chancellor
  • 14Del PinoSubstituted forSoteldoat 56'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 16RosalesSubstituted forSeijasat 83'minutes
  • 5Moreno
  • 15Murillo
  • 6HerreraBooked at 15mins
  • 8RincónBooked at 12mins
  • 7MachísSubstituted forMartínezat 71'minutes
  • 23RondónBooked at 44mins

Substitutes

  • 3Osorio
  • 9Aristeguieta
  • 10Savarino
  • 11Añor
  • 12Graterol
  • 13Seijas
  • 17Martínez
  • 18Soteldo
  • 21Feltscher
  • 22Romo

Argentina

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 1Armani
  • 2Foyth
  • 6Pezzella
  • 17Otamendi
  • 3Tagliafico
  • 5Paredes
  • 16de Paul
  • 8AcuñaBooked at 42minsSubstituted forLo Celsoat 68'minutes
  • 10Messi
  • 9AgüeroSubstituted forDybalaat 85'minutes
  • 22MartínezBooked at 16minsSubstituted forDi Maríaat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Saravia
  • 7Pereyra
  • 11Di María
  • 12Marchesín
  • 13Funes Mori
  • 14Casco
  • 15Pizarro
  • 18Rodríguez
  • 19Suárez
  • 20Lo Celso
  • 21Dybala
  • 23Musso
Referee:
Wilmar Alexander Roldán Pérez
Attendance:
50,094

Match Stats

Home TeamVenezuelaAway TeamArgentina
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home6
Away17
Shots on Target
Home1
Away7
Corners
Home8
Away7
Fouls
Home16
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Venezuela 0, Argentina 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Venezuela 0, Argentina 2.

  3. Booking

    Yeferson Soteldo (Venezuela) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Yangel Herrera (Venezuela).

  5. Post update

    Paulo Dybala (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Tomás Rincón (Venezuela) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Paulo Dybala (Argentina).

  8. Post update

    Corner, Venezuela. Conceded by Rodrigo de Paul.

  9. Post update

    Hand ball by Ángel Di María (Argentina).

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ángel Di María (Argentina) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ángel Di María (Argentina) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Paulo Dybala.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Tomás Rincón (Venezuela).

  13. Post update

    Ángel Di María (Argentina) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Argentina. Paulo Dybala replaces Sergio Agüero.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Salomón Rondón (Venezuela) header from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Júnior Moreno with a cross.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Venezuela. Luis Seijas replaces Roberto Rosales because of an injury.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Venezuela. Conceded by Germán Pezzella.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Salomón Rondón (Venezuela) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  19. Post update

    Salomón Rondón (Venezuela) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Germán Pezzella (Argentina).

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A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brazil32108087
2Venezuela31203125
3Peru311136-34
4Bolivia300329-70

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Colombia33004049
2Argentina31113304
3Paraguay302134-12
4Qatar301225-31

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Uruguay32107257
2Chile32016246
3Japan302137-42
4Ecuador301227-51
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