Copa America Report: Venezuela v Argentina 28 June 2019

Wuilker Farinez during a training session with Venezuela

Wuilker Farinez during a training session with Venezuela

La Albiceleste beat Venezuela 2-0 in Friday evening's quarterfinal to book a clash with host nation Brazil and set up a game known as the "Battle of the South Americans" at the Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto Stadium in Belo Horizonte.

While the likes of Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero getting the nod to start, Paulo Dybala and Angel Di Maria had to settle for a spot on the bench.

Lionel Scaloni's side had to weather a series of attacks from Venezuela in the second half and it took a strong save from Franco Armani to prevent Ronald Hernandez from levelling.

Argentina eventually doubled their advantage on 73 minutes as Wuilker Farinez's handling error failed gifted the ball to Giovani Lo Celso, who made no mistake from point-blank range.

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Argentina, who have not won the tournament since 1993, had only one point from their first two games in Group B, but a 2-0 win over Qatar put them in the knockout stages.

For commentators and critics alike, his disappointing stats and a drought of any significant trophy for his national team Argentina will remain the biggest lacuna in his otherwise glittering career.

This year, any quarter-final match tied after 90 minutes will go directly to penalties, with extra-time to be reintroduced for the semi-finals and final.

Their reward is a first Copa America clash with eternal rivals Brazil since the 2007 final, which they lost 3-0.

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