• FT

    Venezuela

    0

    Argentina

    2

  • FT

    Paraguay

    1

    Peru

    0

  • FT

    Chile

    1

    Argentina

    0

  • FT

    Brazil

    0

    Colombia

    0

  • FT

    Venezuela

    3

    Ecuador

    1

WORLD CUP QUALIFYING - CONMEBOL

José Pachencho Romero, Maracaibo

Referee: Simón, Carlos

* Local time based on your geographic location.

0 - 2

FT

Argentina

  • Gabriel Milito 16'
  • Lionel Messi 43'

Venezuela 0-2 Argentina: Messi classic again

MARACAIBO, Venezuela, Oct 16 (Reuters) - Lionel Messi added another superb goal to his collection to help Argentina beat Venezuela 2-0 away in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday.

Messi struck two minutes before halftime after his

Barcelona team mate Gabriel Milito had given Argentina the lead

with his first goal for his country on his 30th appearance.

The win gave Argentina, who have won all 15 meetings with

Venezuela, maximum points from their first two games in the

qualifiers for the 2010 World Cup.

Venezuela, the only South American team never to have

played at the World Cup, have three points from two games after

winning in Ecuador on Saturday.

Venezuela striker Giancarlo Maldonado wasted an early

chance for the hosts when he fired over the crossbar after Juan

Arango's incisive pass split the Argentina defence.

Argentina went ahead three minutes when defender Milito

rose to head home Juan Roman Riquelme's free kick.

Riquelme had scored both goals direct from free kicks in

Argentina's 2-0 win over Chile on Saturday.

Venezuela enjoyed plenty of possession but could not find

the final pass and fell further behind two minutes before

halftime.

Carlos Tevez broke down the right and pulled the ball back

to the edge of the area where Messi breezed by one defender

with his first touch, then unleashed an unstoppable shot past

Renny Vega.

Venezuela enjoyed a flourish after the break as Juan Arango

broke clear but shot straight at Roberto Abbondanzieri and

Maldonado headed over from a corner.

Messi had the ball in the net again in the 65th minute but

his effort was ruled out for offside.

As the Venezuelan defence opened up, Esteban Cambiasso hit

the post for Argentina 10 minutes from time and debutant

striker German Denis, who came on in the 81st minute, missed an

easy chance in injury time.