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By Shamoon Hafez

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  1. Post update

    Lionel Messi was quiet for much of the game but he won't mind as Argentina made it through

    Have a read of the report

    We will return for more Copa America action during the semi-finals.

    Until then.

    Lionel Messi and his Argentina team-mates celebrate

    Venezuela 0-2 Argentina

    That's it, there goes the final whistle.

    Argentina progress to set up a tantalising semi-final against Brazil.

    One not to miss.


    Venezuela 0-2 Argentina

    Think the referee forgot he still had his card.

    Right at the end of the game, Venezuela Yeferson Soteldo is booked for bundling over Paulo Dybala.

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    Venezuela 0-2 Argentina

    Argentina closing out this game now, Venezuela know the game is up.


    Venezuela 0-2 Argentina

    Five additional minutes to play at the Maracana.

  6. CLOSE!

    Venezuela 0-2 Argentina

    Seen very little of Lionel Messi today but he is in the action late on, cutting the ball back for Angel di Maria but the PSG winger's goalbound shot is blocked.

  7. CLOSE!

    Venezuela 0-2 Argentina

    Angel di Maria's curling strike from outside the box is gathered by Wuilker Farinez this time.


    Venezuela 0-2 Argentina

    A change for each side.

    Sergio Aguero has had a hand in both goals and makes way for Paulo Dybala.

    Luis Manuel Seijas comes on for Venezuela.

    Five to go.

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    Venezuela 0-2 Argentina

    Free-kick for Venezuela 25 yards out, but Salomon Rondon's curling effort deflects wide off the wall.

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    Venezuela 0-2 Argentina

    10 minutes left, this is a walk in the park now for Argentina.

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    Venezuela 0-2 Argentina

    Argentina on the verge of setting up a semi-final against hosts Brazil.

    Oof! That is going to be unmissable.

  12. GOAL - Venezuela 0-2 Argentina

    Giovani Lo Celso

    That surely seals it for Argentina.

    It is a horrible mistake by Venezuela goalkeeper Wuilker Farinez, spilling Sergio Aguero's shot which was straight at him allowing substitute Giovani Lo Celso to tap in to an open net from a couple of yards out.

    That will be a relief to their fans, who were getting rather tense inside the Maracana.

    Giovani Lo Celso celebrates scoring

    Venezuela 0-1 Argentina

    Another Venezuela change.

    Dawid Machis, who was kept on lockdown by Juan Foyth, sees his game come to an end, with Josef Martinez coming on.

  14. CLOSE!

    Venezuela 0-1 Argentina

    And Venezuela do finally force Franco Armani into a save.

    Right-back Ronald Hernandez latches on to a through ball inside the box, but the shot with his laces is brilliantly palmed out by the diving Armani.

    A very stylish save indeed.

  15. Post update

    Venezuela 0-1 Argentina

    20 minutes remaining.

    Can Venezuela create something, anything?

    Remember if it is level at full time, we go straight to penalties. There is no extra time.


    Venezuela 0-1 Argentina

    Another Argentina sub.

    Marcos Acuna makes way for Premier League linked Giovani Lo Celso.

  17. Video Assistant Referee

    Venezuela 0-1 Argentina

    The VAR checking whether it was a penalty for a foul by Juan Foyth on Darwin Machis.

    No it was not and the ref blows to wave play on after a minute delay.

    Zzzzz, why bother!

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    Venezuela 0-1 Argentina

    Venezuela winger Darwin Machis is going to have nightmares about Juan Foyth tonight.

    The best game I have seen the Tottenham man play. He has had a stormer at right-back.


    Venezuela 0-1 Argentina

    A change for Argentina.

    Goalscorer Lautaro Martinez, who could have had a hat-trick, is hooked off in place of Angel di Maria.

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    Venezuela 0-1 Argentina

    Just short of the hour mark, Argentina goalkeeper Franco Armani yet to be forced into a save.