Match ends, Venezuela 0, Argentina 2.
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.
- 14Del PinoSubstituted forSoteldoat 56'minutesBooked at 90mins
- 16RosalesSubstituted forSeijasat 83'minutes
- 6HerreraBooked at 15mins
- 8RincónBooked at 12mins
- 7MachísSubstituted forMartínezat 71'minutes
- 23RondónBooked at 44mins
- 16de Paul
- 8AcuñaBooked at 42minsSubstituted forLo Celsoat 68'minutes
- 9AgüeroSubstituted forDybalaat 85'minutes
- 22MartínezBooked at 16minsSubstituted forDi Maríaat 64'minutes
- 11Di María
- 13Funes Mori
- 20Lo Celso
- Wilmar Alexander Roldán Pérez
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Venezuela 0, Argentina 2.
Yeferson Soteldo (Venezuela) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Yangel Herrera (Venezuela).
Paulo Dybala (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Tomás Rincón (Venezuela) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Paulo Dybala (Argentina).
Corner, Venezuela. Conceded by Rodrigo de Paul.
Hand ball by Ángel Di María (Argentina).
Attempt blocked. Ángel Di María (Argentina) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lionel Messi.
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.
Foul by Tomás Rincón (Venezuela).
Ángel Di María (Argentina) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Substitution, Argentina. Paulo Dybala replaces Sergio Agüero.
Attempt blocked. Salomón Rondón (Venezuela) header from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Júnior Moreno with a cross.
Substitution, Venezuela. Luis Seijas replaces Roberto Rosales because of an injury.
Corner, Venezuela. Conceded by Germán Pezzella.
Attempt blocked. Salomón Rondón (Venezuela) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Salomón Rondón (Venezuela) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Germán Pezzella (Argentina).