Argentina vs Venezuela: Argentina continues its journey at the 2019 Copa America on Friday when it faces Venezuela in the quarterfinals.Lionel Messi and company, with their backs against the wall.
== MATCH INFO ==
Copa America 2019
Team : Argentina vs Venezuela
Date : Friday, June 28, 2019
Start Time : 3:00 PM ET
Surrounding him with the right players is key. As is providing some continuity. WhoScored.com’s Martin Laurence noted for the Guardian how “manager Lionel Scaloni started 16 players across Argentina’s three group games and still doesn’t seem to know his strongest team.”
Giving time for a Messi and Sergio Aguero partnership to mature would help. It would also make a difference if the midfield provided more quality on the ball.
Quality shouldn’t be in short supply thanks to Paris Saint-Germain’s Leandro Paredes and Real Betis playmaker Giovani Lo Celso. Both impressed during the 2-0 win over Qatar that put La Albiceleste into the quarter-finals.Venezuela won’t be wowed by the star power of the opposition—not when they have recent experience of getting the better of Messi and Co, including a 3-1 win back in March. ESPN FC’s Tim Vickery discussed that meeting: “The story of that match was Argentina’s inability to defend—either against the power of centre-forward Salomon Rondon or against the pace of wingers John Murillo and Darwin Machis, with Josef Martinez in reserve.”
Rondon is proving a handful for defences in Brazil. His strength, aggression in the air and ability to spin in behind will test an Argentina back line that was far from convincing in the group stage.Argentina were spared their blushes after a close call in the group stages, but they now find themselves pitted against Venezuela in the second quarterfinals.
The 14-time Copa America winners had to wait till the last match before ensuring their passage to the quarterfinals. The tournament started poorly for the Albiceleste, with them losing to Colombia in their opening match. The second match saw them escaping defeat against Colombia, as goalkeeper Armani turned hero to save a Paraguayan penalty. A win against Qatar in their last group stage match paved their way to the quarterfinals.
Venezuela came through a tough group containing hosts Brazil, Peru and Bolivia. Rafael Dudamel and his men drew their first two matches against Peru and Brazil before a victory against Bolivia in their final game ensured a second place finish for La Vinotinto.